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NMC asks for views on changes to nursing code of conduct

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has begun a public consultation exercise on changes to its code of conduct.

It is revising the code so it is compatible with revalidation, a new system that will require all nurses and midwives to regularly confirm their fitness to practise, which is set to be introduced towards the end of next year.

“This is a chance to tell us what is important to you”

Jackie Smith

The move is also partly in response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

Details of the revised code were made available for consultation on Monday evening. A copy of the draft document is also attached to this story (below and to the right).

The NMC said it was seeking the views of the public as well as nurses and midwives and any organisations that may be affected by the changes.

The consultation is the second part of the wider consultation on revalidation. Part one, which ran from 6 January to 31 March, largely focused on how revalidation for nursing could be implemented.

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar, said: “This is a chance to tell us what is important to you.”

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, added: “This is an important opportunity to help develop compassionate, high quality nursing care for now and the future.”

Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Modern nursing is a complex and demanding profession and so it is only right for the code of conduct to be revised in line with all the changes and developments that have taken place.

“Consulting a wide range of people from patients to the nurses and midwives themselves will help the NMC to develop a code of conduct in line with the reality of modern nursing and the RCN looks forward to participating in the process,” he added.

For more information on the 12-week consultation and to take part, visit the NMC website

Readers' comments (5)

  • They must be able to define nursing first for the code of conduct to be meaningful if it needs changing.

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  • i see nothing wrong with the current code which is online with the international one published by the ICN. are there any areas where improvements should be made or where it is found to be ambiguous in any way?

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  • Maybe it will add nurses the ability to multiply themselves when facing an inhumane workload? Surely that's a good thing

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  • Anonymous | 22-May-2014 5:04 pm

    I agree and perhaps it should contain clauses giving nurses greater authority in clinical decision making and in determining the resources they need.

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  • needs to be simple and easy to follow. its far too complicated and not fit for purpose.

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