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NMC announces radical overhaul of nursing education

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a new consultation today (13 June) on nursing education.

The regulator is reviewing the standards of proficiency that UK trained nurses must meet before they can work as a registered nurse.

The consultation also sets out proposals for a new education framework for nursing and midwifery education. The proposed framework details a range of new outcome focused standards for education institutions and practice placement partners. It outlines:

  • The education and training governance standards relating to all learning in theory and practice, including new requirements for learning and assessment
  • Draft programme requirements to underpin the draft standards of proficiency for the future registered nurse.

'Over the next thirteen weeks, we want to hear from as wide a section of society as possible and will be running a series of events open to anyone who wants to hear more or share their views,' the NMC said.

'We will also be hosting online events, Twitter chats and workshops across the four countries of the UK where we will be discussing our plans and listening to views. Get involved and join the conversation on social media using #nurse2030.'

The consultation on proposed pre-registration education standards will run from today until 12 September 2017.

A consultation on prescribing and standards of medicines management is due to be launched later this week.