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NMC urges nurses to give views as education consultation reaches halfway point

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has urged members of the profession to take part in its consultation exercise on proposals for a radical review of our education standards.

The regulator noted that its two consultations were now half way through and said it was “vitally important that we hear the views of everyone on what we propose”.

On 13 June, the NMC launched its consultation on pre-registration training standards for nurses, urging members of the profession to take part and help “shape the future of education”.

Its proposals include more drug prescribing theory being taught at an undergraduate level and a requirement for all students to be competent in an extensive list of technical skills.

The list applies to nurses across all four fields of practice and is designed to give a more detailed understanding across both mental and physical health and care.

Two days later, on the 15 June, it launched a separate consultation on proposals that could potentially lead to nurses and midwives being able to prescribe much earlier in their careers.

Under the plans, more prescribing theory would be taught at undergraduate level, allowing nurses to train for an independent prescribing qualification within a year of graduating instead of three.

In a statement issued at the end of last week, a spokesman from the regulator said: “The NMC is currently undertaking a radical review of our education standards. Through this review we will be able to determine what the public will need from nurses and midwives in 2030.

“The consultations are now half way through and it is vitally important that we hear the views of everyone on what we propose,” he added.

The NMC spokesman also highlighted that a shortened version of the consultations was available in an easy read format so those with learning disabilities could share their views on the proposals.

“This short survey is intended to make responding to the consultation more accessible to a diverse range of people,” he noted.

In addition, over the next few weeks, the NMC is running a series of engagement events across the UK, as well as a number of online and social media engagement initiatives that are open to all.

The engagement events will be held in London, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Birmingham, with details on the NMC website.

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