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Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education

Education frameworkPlease note our new standards have been in effect since
28 January 2019

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These standards (Cymraeg) apply to all education institutions and their practice learning partners running NMC-approved programmes. This document is available in a print friendly version (Cymraeg).

The standards aim to provide flexibility for approved education institutions and practice learning partners, to develop innovative approaches to all education for nurses, midwives and nursing associates while being accountable for the local delivery and management of approved programmes.

Our standards framework

  1. Learning culture
    We’ll only approve programmes where the learning culture is ethical, open and honest, and is conducive to safe and effective learning that respects the principles of equality and diversity. Innovation, inter-professional learning and team working should be embedded in the learning culture.
  2. Educational governance and quality
    We expect education providers to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  3. Student empowerment
    We want students to be empowered and provided with the learning opportunities they need to achieve the desired proficiencies and programme outcomes.
  4. Educators and assessors
    We'll seek assurance that those who support, supervise and assess students are suitably qualified, prepared and skilled, and receive the necessary support for their role.
  5. Curricula and assessment
    We set standards for curricula and assessment that enable students to achieve the outcomes required to practise safely and effectively in their chosen area.


Using the standards

It's important to read these standards along with our other Standards for education and training:

Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes and 
Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses

Reading them together provides a complete picture of:

  • what nurses, midwives and nursing associates need to know and be able to do, by the time they register with us
  • our expectations of education institutions and their practice learning partners for delivering NMC-approved programmes for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

How these standards were developed

For the past few years we've been developing these standards with input from stakeholders across the UK. We put our proposals to consultation in summer 2017 and listened closely to the feedback we received. Find out more about how the standards were developed.