The overall quality of nursing and midwifery education courses in the UK has improved, according to the NMC.
The regulator last week published the results from the second year of its quality monitoring programme for nursing and midwifery course providers. Providers were assessed across five areas – resources, admissions and progression, practice learning, fitness for practice, and quality assurance.
Overall 79 per cent of providers were rated “good” or “outstanding” in 2008-09, compared with 74 per cent in 2007-08. As a result, 21 per cent have been rated “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” this time compared to 26 per cent in 2007-08.
Education courses were most often rated unsatisfactory because of poor performance in practice learning, such as inadequately prepared mentors, or on fitness for practice, for example by failing to incorporate changes in the curriculum in response to new standards.
A total of 53 course providers were monitored and graded in 2008-09, compared to 84 in 2007-08. The remaining 31 providers were allowed to complete a self-assessment this year and provide a report to the NMC as a reward for good performance last year.