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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New language ability checks for EU trained healthcare workers

Department of Health, 30 January 2015

The Department of Health have published their response to a consultation on changes to allow professional regulatory bodies to impose language controls on nursing, dental and pharmacy professionals. The vast majority of the 71 responses received support proposals to allow these regulators the power to apply language controls, where appropriate, to healthcare professionals, to ensure they have a sufficient knowledge of the English language to practise safely in the UK.

The amendment Order will be laid in Parliament shortly, which, subject to Parliamentary approval, should be in place by March 2015.

Following another public consultation the regulators will then work to implement these changes through amendments to their rules. The new procedures will come into effect later this year.

Click here to view the consultation response.


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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NMC to consult on revoking education standards with maximum time limits

Nursing & Midwifery Council, January 2015

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a consultation to remove time limits for the completion of education programmes.

Currently, student nurses and midwives are required to finish full-time programmes within five years and part-time programmes within seven years in order to be eligible for registration.

The NMC proposes to remove these maximum time limits from NMC standards, while ensuring full responsibility for the management of education programmes lies with approved education institutions. Post-registration programmes, which are currently given time limits either by the NMC or by the specific education institution, will also be affected by the proposed changes.

The consultation closes on 12 March 2015.

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Click here to respond to the Consultation.

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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RCN launches new guidance for handling feedback

Royal College of Nursing, November 2014

The RCN has published new guidance to help health care workers deal with feedback, concerns, complaints and compliments.

The pamphlet, Good practice for handling feedback, has been developed following discussion with RCN members about their own experiences. It is part of the RCN’s commitment to help improve the way the NHS handles feedback and complaints following the Clwyd-Hart review into the NHS complaints system.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.