10 February 2015

New responsibilities for nurses

code of conduct

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published the revised Code setting out professional responsibilities for all registered nurses and midwives.

The Code will come into effect on 31 March and is central to revalidation, which the NMC is introducing at the end of 2015.

The Code has been written with the input of many patients, carers, nurses and midwives and contains a series of statements that taken together signify what good nursing and midwifery practice looks like under four areas.

• Prioritise people
• Practise effectively
• Preserve safety
• Promote professionalism and trust

Revalidation will require every nurse and midwife to provide evidence that they:

1. Continue to remain fit to practice by meeting the principles and standards of the revised Code;
2. Have completed the required hours of practice and learning through Continued Professional Development (CPD);
3. Have received confirmation from someone well placed to comment on their continuing fitness to practice.

All nurses on the NMC register will be revalidated every three years and every nurse is responsible for their own validation. This will mean continually gathering evidence for their validation based on the criteria in the revised code. Those who do not revalidate will lapse from the Register.

The Trust is now looking at how it can strengthen the appraisal process for nurses to support their revalidation and to schedule appraisals to coincide with their registration so that the processes are aligned.

Liz Bessant, Deputy, Director of Nursing, "We welcome the new code which fully supports the vision and values of the Trust and our purpose to provide safe, high quality compassionate care."

All nurses and midwives will be sent a copy of the Code before it becomes effective on 31 March 2015. In the meantime, to read the code, click here.

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