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Emergency standards for nursing and midwifery education

In response to the current ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have developed a number of emergency programme standards.

We recognise the important contribution that many of our nursing and midwifery students will be making to the national response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the impact that the outbreak will have on those who are studying.

We’ve produced an emergency set of education programme standards to enable our Approved Education Institutions (AEIs) and their practice learning partners to support all of their nursing and midwifery students in an appropriate way during this emergency period.

Emergency standards for nursing and midwifery education (Cymraeg)

With the pandemic continuing we will be phasing out the majority of the emergency standards on 30 September 2020 to support students returning to their normal studies and supernumerary placements.

As the standards are facilitative rather than directive AEIs can choose to return to normal ahead of that date.

We have identified a number of emergency programme standards which will be retained, or slightly modified, as recovery standards.

Recovery programme standards (Cymraeg)

Using the standards

These emergency standards include some:

  • new standards in order to ensure that all students’ learning outcomes can continue to be met in a safe and effective way
  • amendments to our existing standards to provide flexibility in ensuring appropriate supervision and support for students in each year of their programmes.

Whilst we have removed, for students in the final six months of their programme, the 50 percentage clinical weighting requirement which is defined in our standards, all courses must still comply with the minimum training hours requirements under EU legislation - 4600 programme hours - and a maximum two thirds clinical weighting which we have no legal power to change or waive.

Supervision of nursing and midwfery students 

We've created a Supervision of nursing and midwifery students during the Covid-19 emergency presentation. This is to help you have a full understanding of the Covid-19 emergency standards for nursing and midwifery education that impact on the supervision of students in practice.

It covers the following information: 

  • Emergency standards
  • Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (SSSA)
  • Protected learning time and supervision
  • Supervision for various student cohorts
  • Example scenarios

Information for students and educators

Visit our Covid-19: Information for students and educators page for more information on what this means for you.