Nursing and Midwifery Council announces radical overhaul of nursing education

New education consultation gives patients, the public and healthcare professionals the opportunity to shape the future of nursing.

From hospitals and schools to care homes and the work place, over 650,000 nurses deliver high quality care to millions of people across the UK every week.

With a changing population, more care in the community and advancing technology, care must be delivered differently. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have launched a vital consultation seeking views on a wholesale review of the standards that UK trained nurses will need to meet before they can work as a registered nurse. The views of the public will be vital in helping to shape what nursing will look like in 2030.

The consultation also sets out proposals for a new education framework for nursing and midwifery education. The proposed framework details a range of new outcome focused standards for education institutions and practice placement partners.

Over the next thirteen weeks the NMC want to hear from as wide a section of society as possible and will be running a series of events open to anyone who wants to hear more or share their views. The NMC will also be hosting online events, Twitter chats and workshops across the four countries of the UK where they will be discussing their plans and listening to views. Get involved and join the conversation on social media using #nurse2030.

The consultation on proposed pre-registration education standards for the future nurse runs from 13 June until 12 September.

Consultation events will be taking place across the UK, including Wales. Dates in Wales are:

  • Learning and assessment for nurses and midwives - North Wales (AM TBC) 13 Jul 2017
  • What will we need from nurses in 2030? - Cardiff (AM) 20 Jul 2017
  • What will we need from nurses in 2030? - Cardiff  (PM) 20 Jul 2017

Learning Disability Wales is encouraging people who are interested in the learning disability sector in Wales, especially the area of learning disability nursing, to get involved in the consultation.

Samantha Williams, Policy and Network Co-ordinator with Learning Disability Wales, said: "Awareness and understanding of the needs of people with a learning disability is so important for anyone who works in health services. Nurses and midwives are on the frontline of many healthcare services and the way that they interact with people with a learning disability can have a significant impact on the care they receive and their overall experience.

"Being able to identify that a patient may have a learning disability and then ensuring that appropriate reasonable adjustments are put in place should form part of the training for all nurses and midwives, not just specialist staff.

"In Wales, we have a Care Bundle for improving general hospital care of patients with a learning disability and we would recommend that this forms part of any revised education and training for nurses and midwives. The Care Bundle was developed as a result of several campaigns about healthcare provision for people with a learning disability in Wales.

"The most significant campaign was championed by the family of Paul Ridd, who died in a Welsh hospital back in 2009. Paul had a learning disability and very limited communication skills, and the Public Services Ombudsman agreed with Paul's family that his individual needs were not addressed by hospital staff and this contributed to his death.

"Research shows that people with a learning disability die on average 13 to 20 years younger than the general population and that a significant number of these premature deaths could have been avoided. We need to work together to change these statistics. Nurses and midwives can play an important role in these changes including working closely with families and carers to understand individual needs, recognising and responding to any communication difficulties the patient may have and, above all, seeing the person not the disability."

Get involved in the consultation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council website.

There is also an online easy read consultation: