Nursing Code of Practice
Nursing Code of Practice
The Nursing Code of Practice sets out the standards of professionalism that nurses and midwives must adhere to in order to be registered to practise in the UK.
The latest version of the NMC code, which became effective from 31 March 2015 reflects the current living and working circumstances. It also acknowledges the changing roles and expectations of nurses and midwives. The code is developed around four themes – prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust.
The revised code has been developed in consultation with many parties who care about good nursing and midwifery, and can be used by nurses and midwives as a way of reinforcing their professional conduct. Falling short of the standards set out in the NMC Code may call the fitness to practise of nurses and midwives into question.
The NMC has now published a revised code for midwives and nurses. Find out how it affects you."
The Revised Code
The NMC has now published a revised code for midwives and nurses. The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives was sent to all midwives and nurses and it came into effect on 31 March 2015. The RCM has welcomed the revised code, which was informed by extensive consultations with members, encompassing the recommendations of recent reports, such as the Francis review.
The Code sets out a set of key principles that should underlie the practice of all good nurses and midwives, and remind them of their professional responsibilities. According to the Nursing Times, The Code is not just a tool used in ‘fitness-to-practise‘ cases – it should be used to guide daily practice for all nurses and midwives. Along with the other standards, guidance resources and advice available from the NMC, The NMC Code should be used to support professional development.
Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at the RCM said the revisions were valuable. ‘We particularly welcome the code’s updated sections on the professional duty of candour and social media and networking sites. We also welcome the code’s greater emphasis on compassionate care, teamwork and raising concerns about poor care,’
The revised code now has a greater role to play in the processes for revalidation. These processes aims to improve public protection and reinforce good practice. The conduct elements of The Code will also apply to student midwives in training. Finally, the code provides mothers and service-users with a measure of what they can expect in terms of professional care from midwives and nurses and provides a benchmark against which they can provide feedback regarding the care they receive.
The revised NMC code of 2015 was built on the content of the previous version, which was published in 2008.
As new regulations and standards are introduced it can sometimes mean that nurses and midwives find themselves facing complaints and allegations of infringements in areas they may not have been aware of previously.
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