Circulars index

Circulars should be read alongside our standards and guidance.

We've removed a number of circulars from our website as they are no longer relevant.

If you have any questions, please contact our Education and Standards team on educationandstandards@nmc-uk.org.

Circulars 2012

NMC Circular 02/2012 
First published: July 2012
Clarification of admission criteria for nurses to specialist community public health nursing programmes.

Circulars 2011

NMC Circular 08/2011
First published: September 2011, edited in April 2014.
Practice teachers supporting more than one student in practice.

NMC Circular 07/2011
We’ve withdrawn our circular about changes to midwives’ exemptions (07/2011).
While it’s not our role to publish these, we know it’s important for midwives and student midwives to be able to access this information. In light of this, we’ve edited our Practising as a midwife in the UK publication to include an overview of midwives’ exemptions and links to where you can find the most up-to-date information.

NMC Circular 06/2011 
First published: May 2011
Entry to specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) programme.

NMC Circular 05/2011 and NMC Circular 05/2011 Annexe 1 
First published: May 2011
Addressing learning shortfalls under 'treaty rights'.

NMC Circular 03/2011
First published: March 2011
We've withdrawn our circular about resources to support programme intentions.

NMC Circular 03/2011 Annexe 1 
First published: March 2011
We've withdrawn our circular about confirmation of resources to support achievement of intended programme outcomes.

NMC Circular 02/2011
First published: February 2011
Learning outside the UK as part of an NMC approved pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme.

NMC Circular 02/2011 Annexe 1 
First published: February 2011
Requirements, guidance and advice for learning outside the UK for pre-registration nursing and midwifery students.

NMC Circular 01/2011 
First published: February 2011
Using accreditation of prior learning (APL) in existing pre-registration nursing, specialist community public health nursing programmes, and in other programmes where APL is permitted.

NMC Circular 01/2011 Annexe 1
First published: February 2011
Guidance and advice for the accreditation of prior learning (APL) for programmes currently approved under the Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education (2004), the Standards for specialist community public health nursing (2004) and other programmes where APL is permitted.

Circulars 2010

NMC Circular 05/2010 
First published: March 2010
Sign-off mentor criteria

NMC Circular 04/2010 
First published: March 2010
Nurse and midwife independent prescribing of unlicensed medicines.

NMC Circular 03/2010 
First published: March 2010
Unlicensed medicines – changes to the indicative content of the independent and supplementary nurse prescribing programme (V300).

Circulars 2009

NMC Circular 05/2009
First published: September 2009
We’ve withdrawn our circular about the supply and/or administration of medicine by student nurses and student midwives in relation to Patient Group Directions (PGDs). Visit our page on standards for medicines management for more information.

NMC Circular 02/2009 
First published: February 2009
Standards of educational preparation for prescribing from the community nurse. prescribers formulary for nurses without a specialist practitioner qualification – V150.

NMC Circular 02/2009 Annexe 1 
First published: February 2009
Standards of educational preparation for prescribing from the community nurse prescribers formulary for nurses without a specialist practitioner qualification – V150
(replaced NMC Circular 38/2007).

Circulars 2008

NMC Circular 16/2008
First published: December 2008
We’ve withdrawn our circular about remote assessment and prescribing. Visit our page on standards for medicines management for more information.

NMC Circular 09/2008 
First published: July 2008
Publication of the updated edition of NMC Standards to support learning and assessment in practice.

Circulars 2007

NMC Circular 35/2007 
First published: November 2007
We've removed our circular on programme requirements for registration as a specialist community public health adviser – sexual health advisers.

NMC Circular 35/2007 Annexe 1
First published: November 2007
We've removed our circular on programme requirements for registration as a specialist community public health adviser – sexual health advisers.

NMC Circular 34/2007 
First published: November 2007
We've removed our circular on criteria for migration via portfolio to the specialist community public health nursing part of the NMC register for sexual health advisers.

NMC Circular 31/2007  
First published: October 2007
Integrated V100 prescribing within specialist community public health nursing programmes and SPQ district nurse upload.

NMC Circular 30/2007 
First published: October 2007
Additional requirements to include within the indicative content of nurse independent prescribing education and training programmes.

NMC Circular 29/2007 
First published: October 2007
Strengthened requirements on Criminal Records Bureau checks for eligibility to undertake preparation to prescribe as a nurse independent prescriber.

NMC Circular 22/2007 
First published: August 2007
Prescribing for children and young people.

NMC Circular 18/2007
First published: July 2007
Standards and guidance for adaptation to midwifery programmes.

NMC Circular 07/2007
First published: March 2007
We've removed our circular on the introduction of essential skills clusters for pre-registration nursing programmes.

NMC Circular 07/2007 Annexe 1 
First published: March 2007
We've removed our circular on guidance for the introduction of essential skills clusters for pre-registration nursing programmes.

Circulars 2006

NMC Circular 26/2006 
First published: October 2006
Specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) – requirements for education and training in a differing ‘field of specialist community public health nursing practice’.

NMC Circular 24/2006 
First published: October 2006
We've removed our circular on specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) – extension to the length of programme.

NMC Circular 21/2006
First published: October 2006
Preceptorship guidelines

NMC Circular 14/2006 
First published: July 2006
The procedure for endorsing NMC programmes approved in the UK for delivery in specified locations outside the UK.

NMC Circular 14/2006 Annexe 1
First published: July 2006
Revision to NMC circular 5/2005, endorsement of NMC programmes approved in the UK for delivery in specified locations outside the UK.

NMC Circular 14/2006 Annexe 2 
First published: July 2006
Proforma request for programme endorsement to enable NMC programmes approved in the UK to be delivered in a specified location outside the UK.

Circulars 2005

NMC Circular 30/2005 
First published: October 2005
V100 Nurse Prescribers

Revalidation requirement:

  • 450 practice hours

Revalidation requirement:

  • 5 written reflective accounts

Revalidation requirement:

  • 5 pieces of practice-related feedback