In relation to this change the NMC stated the following in their newsletter*: “The Code contains the professional standards that nurses and midwives must uphold. They are the standards shown every day by good nurses and midwives across the UK and the Code should be seen as a way of reinforcing their professionalism. The Code will be a focus for professional reflection during revalidation, which will be introduced in December 2015.
What’s in the Code?
The Code has been developed with the input of many nurses, midwives, patients and carers. It is shaped around four themes, which together show what good nursing and midwifery practice looks like:
- Prioritise people
- Practise effectively
- Preserve safety
- Promote professionalism and trust
The new Code reflects changes in healthcare and society since the previous Code was published in 2008, as well as public expectations of care. It includes new requirements on:
- Fundamentals of care
- The duty of candour
- Raising concerns
- Delegation and accountability
- The professional duty to take action in an emergency
- Social media use
The revised Code will sit alongside new guidance on the duty of candour and social media, which we are publishing in late March, as well as our existing guidance on raising concerns”.
*Electronic newsletter sent on 29th January 2015. Click here to go to the NMC website and sign-up for NMC newsletters.