Realising professionalism: New Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for education and training

New Standards for nursing and midwifery education

Registered nurses make an important contribution to the promotion of health, health protection and the prevention of ill health with future registrants leading care and driving initiatives to improve patient care outcomes.

New Future Nurse Standards of proficiency for registered nurses published by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2018, come into effect in Wales from September 2020. The Standards specify the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and behaviours registered nurses must demonstrate in order to deliver safe, compassionate and effective person-centred care now and in the future. 

In addition, Standards for student supervision and assessment set out expectations for the learning, support and supervision of students in the practice environment. It is vital that students have opportunities to learn from a range of people including service users and carers, registered and non-registered health and social care professionals, and student peers.

The All Wales Pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery Group assisted by HEIW Programme Manager Education Wales, is leading on a ‘Once for Wales 2020’ national approach to implementation of the new NMC Standards. The Group includes representation from service users and carers, Approved Education Institutions, Health Boards/Trusts, Chief Nursing Office, RCN Wales and other key stakeholders.

The first cohort of students to embark on the new NMC pre-registration nursing proficiencies and post-registration prescribing programmes in Wales will commence September 2020 subject to successful NMC approval. Midwifery proficiencies are expected early 2020 with programme approvals commencing in 2021. Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and Specialist Practitioner Qualification programme proficiencies are currently under development.

HEIW Programme Manager Education Wales talks about the new NMC Standards for education:

Access All Wales Documentation here: (*the following documents have been co-produced by a range of key stakeholders and will be utilised in Wales subject to NMC approval of programmes)

Once for Wales 2020 newsletters

Useful links

Further information please contact:

Simon Cassidy
Programme Manager Education/Rheolwr Rhaglen Addysg
Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)/Addysg a Gwella Iechyd Cymru (AaGIC)
Ffôn:/Phone: 07970 406957