Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates
Updated version of the Code
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.
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.
- Publication date: 29 January 2015
- Effective from 31 March 2015
- Updated to reflect the regulation of nursing associates: 10 October 2018
What the Code means for patients
Good care from nurses and midwives 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)
What the Code means for employers
The new NMC Code - Professional staff, quality services shows how the professional standards and principles of the Code are important to employers of nurses and midwives.
Previous version of the Code for reference
2008 version of the Code - valid until 31 March 2015