Nurse post-registration training and careers will in future follow one of five pathways.
The plans form part of a consultation document on the Modernising Nursing Careers programme, launched last week at the chief nursing officer's summit inLondon.
They are designed to mirror the path a patient will take through the NHS, and will work in tandem with junior health minister Lord Darzi's NHS review and the NMC's consultation on pre-registration training.
The proposals call for training to be split into five pathways – training for children public and family health, first contact and urgent care, long term health, acute and critical care, and mental health.
All nurses will major in one pathway, but will be required to study elements of another, depending on their situation and degree of competence.
Read more in this week's NT.