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Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)Standards

For the past two years the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have been developing updated standards with input from stakeholders across the UK. Consultation of the draft standards took place during the summer of 2017 and the new standards were published by the NMC on 17 May 2018.

There will be a 'Once for Scotland’ approach to the implementation of the new standards through the establishment of a Scottish Future Nurse and Midwife Programme Board.

New Standards for Nurses

The new standards of proficiency represent the skills, knowledge and attributes all nurses must demonstrate.

The new standards for nurses incorporating are now published and available at and incoprate the documents below


Capture  Standards of proficiency for registered nurses

Capture 1  Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education

Capture 2  Standards for student supervision and assessment

Capture 3  Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes


A short video is available on the NMC website "how to use the standards"


New Supporting Information

Student Supervision


New Supporting Information – Student Supervision and Assessment 

The information focuses on:

  • practice supervison (pracctice supervisors)
  • practice assessment (practice assessors)
  • academic assessment
  • learning environments and experiences
  • student empowerment


The NMC have created a slide pack resource that can be used to support discussions about the Standards for student supervision and assessment

Quality Assurance Framework 


The NMC's new QA Framework was released and published on 16 August 2018 and will take effect on 1 September 2018 to reflect the new education standards.  The new quality assurance (QA) Framework will be used to approve nursing, midwifery and the new nursing associate programmes from October 2018.  This will replace any previous framework document.  The new 'Quality Assurance Framework for Nurses, Midwives and Nursing Associates' can be accessed at


Quality Assurance Handbook

The Quality Assurance Handbook supports the implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) new NMC Quality Assurance Framework 2018 whcih went live on 1 September 2018 to quality assurare the new NMC standards for education and training of nurses, midwives and nursing associates and can be accessed at


New Standards for Prescribers

In order to prescribe medicinal products, nurses and midwives must have recorded their prescriber qualification on the NMC register. There are two types of nurse or midwife prescribers. Community nurse or midwife prescribers; and independent and supplementary nurse or midwife prescribers.

The standards set out how nurses and midwives can achieve prescriber status, how prescribing programmes are run and what constitutes safe and effective prescribing practice.

The new standards for prescribers are now published and are available at