NHS Employers responds to NMC education consultation

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NHS Employers has responded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) consultation on the proposed changes to the education framework and standards of proficiency for registered nurses and midwives. 

Sent on behalf of employers in the NHS, the response outlines the issues raised, as well the positive elements organisations feel the proposed changes will bring.

Employers said:

  • the model needs to be financially sustainable while providing newly qualified nurses that are more ‘job ready’
  • proposals will help support people with a range of complex needs in the future 
  • they are seeking assurance over the quality of the changes to the supervision arrangements
  • there should be more engagement with those employers in the process of incorporating and moving towards implementing the changes.

As the existing standards are seen as being lengthy, complex and over-burdensome in places, the NMC is keen that the new standards are more accessible, adaptable, and in tune with the changing landscape of learning. 

With new routes into the profession emerging, such as nurse apprenticeships and the new nursing associate role, all students will require an increased knowledge base, with higher level skills and proficiencies. 

Our response to the proposals, which includes views captured from our engagement with employers across the NHS, is available to download

There is still time to submit your views as the consultation is open until 12 September. For further details about this, please visit NMC launches education consultation.

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