The new code, which comes into force in May, is intended to clarify expectations placed on nurses and midwives, and set out what standard of care the public can expect to receive.
NMC president Nancy Kirkland said: ‘Nurses and midwives should see the code as a support tool to help them in practice so if they are faced with an ethical, moral or professional dilemma, they can refer to the code.’
The code requires staff to ensure that anyone they delegate to is able to carry out instructions and to ‘confirm that the outcome of any delegated task meets required standards’. They must also ‘act without delay’ if they believe a patient is at risk.
NT is to publish a supplement on the new code on 29 April