10 February 2015
New responsibilities for nurses
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.