Standards for post-registration programmes

Part 3 of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training

These new standards may be used from 1 September 2022. 

If you have any questions about implementing the standards, please feel free to email us.

Our Standards for post-registration programmes will take effect on 1 September 2022.

These set out the entry requirements, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award.

Why are our standards are important

Our education and training standards help nursing and midwifery students achieve the NMC proficiencies and programme outcomes.

All nursing and midwifery professionals must practise in line with the requirements of the Code, the professional standards of practice and behaviour that nurses, midwives and nursing associates are expected to uphold.

Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training includes the Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, Standards for student supervision and assessment, and programme standards specific to each approved programme.

Our Standards for education and training are set out in three parts:

Our standards framework

Our standards for post-registration programmes follow the student journey and are grouped under the following five headings:

  • Selection, admission and progression 
    Standards about an applicant’s suitability and continued participation in a post-registration SCPHN and/or community nursing SPQ
  • Curriculum
    Standards for the content, delivery and evaluation of the post-registration SCPHN and / or community nursing SPQ programme
  • Practice learning
    Standards specific to learning that takes place in practice settings for students undertaking programmes leading to SCPHN and/or community nursing SPQ Supervision and assessment
    Standards for safe and effective supervision and assessment of students on post-registration SCPHN and/ or community nursing SPQ programmes
  • Qualification to be awarded
    Standards about the academic award and registering the student’s SCPHN award and/or recording the student’s community nursing SPQ award with us

How these standards were developed

Since 2019 we have been developing these standards with input from stakeholders across the UK.

We put our proposals to consultation in spring 2021 and were pleased to have more than 2,363 responses.

We listened closely to the feedback we received, and made several positive changes to the standards as a result. 

Find out more about how these standards were co-produced