This site is intended for health professionals only

Proposal to allow nurses to prescribe earlier receives support

'Ambitious' new education and prescribing plans for nurses and midwives have received public support in the open Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) consultations.

Under the NMC's proposal to withdraw standards for medicines management, nurses and midwives could begin prescribing earlier in their careers.

The existing pre-registration education standards and framework could also be changed under the new plans. Both ideas have been supported by the open consultations.

So far hundreds of healthcare professionals, educators, students and patients have shared their views on the radical proposals to overhaul nursing education.

The consultations, which Nursing In Practice reported on in June, will close on 12 on 14 September. The NMC are urging anyone who hasn’t yet got involved to share their views.

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar said: ‘The response to our consultations so far has been fantastic and we’ve heard from hundreds of individuals and organisations across the UK.

‘Feedback has been extremely positive and people are truly excited by the ambition for the future nurse that comes through in the standards.

‘With just over two weeks of the consultation left to go, there‘s still plenty of time for people to get involved, share their views and help shape the future of nursing and midwifery education for the next generation.

‘Over the next few weeks we’ll be holding events across the UK and even if you can’t make it along there will be lots of opportunities to join in the conversation online with one of our many webinars and Twitter chats.’

Details of all events can be found on the NMC website.