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New code comes into force for every nurse and midwife

From 31 March every nurse and midwife in the UK will practice in line with a revised code from their regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar, said:

“This is a landmark day for every nurse and midwife in the UK, and for the people they care for.

“The code is fundamental to protecting the public. It sets out what patients want from nurses and midwives, and puts public expectations at the centre of professional practice.

“We last changed the code seven years ago. Since then, the way that care is delivered has changed; public expectations have changed; and key reports like the Francis Inquiry have permanently altered the healthcare landscape. The revised code reflects modern needs.”

The code is central to revalidation, which the NMC is launching in October 2015 to check that nurses and midwives are up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers.

In addition to the code, the NMC has also updated its guidance for nurses and midwives on raising concerns and has issued new guidance on the responsible use of social media.