What will the nurse of tomorrow look like?

13 June 2017

From hospitals and schools to care homes and the work place, over 650,000 nurses deliver high quality care to millions of people across the UK every week.

Now the nursing regulator – the body responsible for setting standards - wants to hear the views of patients and the public on proposals to radically overhaul nursing education.

With a changing population, more care in the community and advancing technology, care must be delivered differently. Today sees the launch of a vital consultation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) seeking views on a wholesale review of the standards that UK trained nurses will need to meet before they can work as a registered nurse. The views of the public will be vital in helping to shape what nursing will look like in 2030.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said:

“The health and care landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate and nurses are being asked to undertake more complex roles than ever before. In the coming years many thousands of nurses will join our register, delivering care to millions of people. Our standards must ensure that they are able to work in ways that are not only fit for today, but also for the future.

“The vital role that the nurse plays touches all of us in society. That’s why we not only want to hear from those within the health and care sector but also from the public who will have a key role to play in telling us what they want from the nurse of the future.”

Over the next thirteen weeks the NMC wants to hear from as wide a section of society as possible and will be running a series of events open to anyone who wants to hear more or share their views. We will also be hosting online events, twitter chats and workshops across the four countries of the UK where we will be discussing our plans and listening to views. Anyone can join in the conversation on social media using #nurse2030.

The NMC’s consultation on proposed pre-registration education standards for the future nurse runs from 13 June until 12 September. 

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Notes for editors

  1.  For media enquiries, please contact NMC press office on 020 7681 5649 or email media@nmc-uk.org. ​
  2. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK. We exist to protect the public. We do this by maintaining the register of qualified nurses and midwives and setting standards of education, training, conduct and performance. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. If concerns are raised about the standards of a registered nurse or midwife, we have a duty to investigate and, where necessary, take action to protect the public. 
  3. From the 13 June consultation information will be available at www.nmc.org.uk/nurse2030