More than 2,000 respond to review of post-registration nursing standards as Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) consultation ends.

The consultation sought views on proposed new standards of proficiency for the future of specialist community and public health nursing. It has now closed after receiving a total of 2,362 responses from a huge range of people.

The extended consultation ran for more than 16 weeks.  Through it, the NMC sought views on three sets of draft post-registration standards: those for specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN), those for specialist practice qualification (SPQs) and the associated programme standards.

Commenting on the closing of the consultation and a look ahead to next steps, Professor Geraldine Walters CBE, our Executive Director of Professional Practice, said:

“This is such an important piece of work that we know has generated a great deal of public discussion and debate, from many different perspectives. To see such high volumes of direct response from so many different people via our consultation process is absolutely fantastic.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions – especially all the practising community and public health nurses and post registration students – who have given up their precious time during these recent months, and whose contributions will be fundamental in shaping the next steps.

“We now embark on a period of intense work to ensure all the feedback we’ve received gets the analysis and scrutiny it deserves. So while it’s too soon to speculate on the final recommendations, what I do know is the regulatory standards we ultimately take to Council will be the best they can be – supporting professionals to deliver highly skilled and expert care that improves people’s health well into the future – because of people’s collaboration in this process.”

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