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The Code

Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates

Why has The Code been updated?

We published an updated version of the Code on 10 October 2018. 
The updated version is substantially similar to the 2015 version, but now reflects our new responsibilities for the regulation of nursing associates.

The Code coverThe Code (Y Cod - Cymraeg) presents the professional standards that nurses, midwives and nursing associates must uphold in order to be registered to practise in the UK.

It is structured around four themes – prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust.

Developed in collaboration with many who care about good nursing and midwifery, the Code can be used by nurses, midwives and nursing associates as a way of reinforcing their professionalism. Failure to comply with the Code may bring their fitness to practise into question.

Additional information

What the Code means for patients

Good care from nurses and midwives - What the Code means for patientsGood nursing and midwifery care explains what a professional Code means for patients and service users and the kind of care they can expect.

Gofal da gan nyrsys a bydwragedd (Welsh)

We have also produced an Easyread version of the leaflet
Easyread - Gofal da gan nyrsys a bydwragedd (Welsh)




What the Code means for employers

front cover of publicationThe new NMC Code - Professional staff, quality services shows how the professional standards and principles of the Code are important to employers of nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

Staff proffesiynol, gwasanaethau o safon (Welsh)




Previous version of the Code for reference

2015 version of the Code (Cymraeg) - valid until 10 October 2018

2008 version of the Code - valid until 31 March 2015

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