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Implementation of the Future Nurse standards in higher education

13 June 2019
Volume 28 · Issue 11

This year's Chief Nursing Officer for England's summit, which took place in Birmingham in March, provided the opportunity for the senior nursing, midwifery and care leadership community to share, listen and learn from each other, and to consider the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. One of the areas highlighted was the vital and enabling role that nurses, midwives and care staff play in implementing the NHS Long-Term Plan (NHS England, 2019).

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published new pre-registration standards in 2018: Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC, 2018a). The new standards are aligned with the objectives of the NHS Long-Term Plan, but their impact and contribution is dependent on successful implementation.

A session was therefore held at the summit to explore the implementation of the standards from different perspectives. Those contributing to the session were Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, Chair of the Future Nurse Oversight Board, Emeritus Professor Dr Elaine Inglesby Burke CBE, Chief Nurse at Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, and Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of Health & Society at the University of Salford.

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