NMC post-registration standards

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a suite of new standards

13 July 2022

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a range of new post-registration standards for specialist community public health nursing and specialist community nursing qualifications.

These standards cover:

  • proficiency for specialist community public health nurses
  • proficiency for community nursing specialist practice qualifications
  • associated post-registration programme standards.

Last year, the NMC, the professional regulator of more than 758,000 nurses, midwives and nursing associates, held a 16-week consultation which provided employers with the opportunity to help shape the new suite of standards.

The final standards are evidence-based and help to make sure that specialist community public health nurses get a great education that reflects contemporary practice. This helps to ensure that people can access highly skilled, specialist support and care, close to home. 

An additional Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ) for community nursing in health and social care with no field of practice specified will ensure that community nurses working in any role or setting who require additional levels of knowledge and skill to reach their maximum potential will have access to a regulated qualification.

The full publication can be accessed on the NMC website