New NMC code comes into force

By Julie Griffiths on 31 March 2015 Revalidation NMC - Nursing and Midwifery Council

From today (31 March), a revised code from the NMC will come into force for every midwife and nurse in the UK.

The new code places patient expectations at the heart of professional practice and it reflects changes in health care over the last 7 years, including the Francis inquiry report.

NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: ‘This is a landmark day for every nurse and midwife in the UK, and for the people they care for.

‘The Code is fundamental to protecting the public. It sets out what patients want from midwives and nurses, and puts public expectations at the centre of professional practice.

‘We last changed the code 7 years ago. Since then, the way that care is delivered has changed; public expectations have changed; and key reports like the Francis inquiry have permanently altered the healthcare landscape. The revised code reflects modern needs.’

The code is central to revalidation, which the NMC is launching in October 2015 to check that midwives and nurses are up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers.

Jackie added: ‘The code and revalidation are key to improving or affirming professional practice and protecting the people in the care of midwives and nurses.’

In addition to the code, the NMC has also updated its guidance for midwives and nurses on raising concerns, and has issued new guidance on the responsible use of social media.

Access the new code here.

To see what aspects have changed, read the Midwives magazine feature on the revised code here.