The code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives

Nursing and Midwifery Council, 29 January 2015

This revised code of practice places public expectations at the heart of good nursing and midwifery practice. It has been written with the input of many patients, carers, nurses and midwives. It is shaped around four statements, which state that good nurses and midwives will prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety, and promote professionalism and trust.

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Compassion in Practice: Two years on

NHS Employers, January 2015

NHS England has published a report called Compassion in Practice: Two years on which talks about the value of the 6Cs, how they are spreading across health and social care and informing the commissioning process, along with the important role Care Makers play in bringing the vision to life.

Compassion in Practice, the national strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff, was launched in December 2012. Since that time, a significant programme of work through six action areas has created a momentum across the country which has recognised the very crucial role that organisational culture plays in determining the experience of patients and users of our services.

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First nurses and midwives to pilot the system of revalidation this spring

Nursing and Midwifery Council, 17 November 2014

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced more organisations it will be partnering with to test the system and processes underpinning revalidation….

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Guide issued on care contact time

NHS England, 26 November 2014

NHS England have issued a guide for providers and commissioners identifying ‘care contact time’, as part of the drive to deliver safe and effective care.

The guide gives providers a suite of toolkits to support them in making decisions to secure staff staffing care for their patients and service users and recommends that organisations review the contact time staff spend with patients.

It also supports commissioners working with providers to assure themselves that there is sufficient nurse, midwifery and care staff capacity and capability to meet appropriate outcomes and quality standards and to use commissioning and contractual levers to help secure environments.

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Overseas nurses and midwives ‘face shorter assessments’

BBC News, 27 August 2014

Nurses and midwives who complete their training in hospitals outside Europe will now face shorter tests to check they are fit to work in the UK.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) says its plans include a computer-based exam and tests in simulated clinical scenarios.

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