08 / 4 / 2015 11.11am
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has reviewed The Code; Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives, which was made available on 31 March 2015.
What this means for employers
When joining the NMC register and on renewing registration, nurses and midwives commit to upholding these standards. The revised Code now includes new requirements on:
- Fundamentals of care - covering the essential aspects of caring for a patient, including making sure that a patient has adequate access to nutrition and hydration.
- The duty of candour - nurses and midwives should be open and honest with colleagues, patients and healthcare regulators when things go wrong.
- Raising concerns - nurses and midwives should raise concerns without delay if they are aware of a threat to patient safety or public protection.
UK nurses and midwives must act in line with the Code, whether they are providing direct care to individuals, groups or communities or bringing their professional knowledge to bear on nursing and midwifery practise in other roles, such as leadership, education or research.
Divided into four key sections, the Code describes what is expected from nursing and midwifery staff:
- prioritise people
- practise effectively
- preserve effectively
- promote professionalism and trust.
Download the revised Code and access a range of resources on the NMC website. Further information on revalidation can also be found on our revalidation web pages.