The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are undertaking research to explore how it “can best support student learning across the UK.”
The aim is to recognise and acknowledge innovation, and ensure that the NMC’s requirements “continue to equip students with the knowledge and skills to deliver the best possible care for people across a diverse range of care settings.”
Writing on its website, the NMC said:
“Nursing and midwifery students need to undertake practice learning placements as part of their education. It helps them to develop professional behaviours and gain the experiences they need to deliver safe, kind and effective care when they qualify.
“Practice learning accounts for 50 per cent of nursing and midwifery programmes. For nursing it can also include up to 600 hours of simulated practice learning.
We’ll review practice learning requirements for both nursing and midwifery before deciding if we need to make any changes.”
The independent research will involve:
- looking at what contributes to effective practice learning across the UK and in other countries
- exploring how practice learning varies in other countries and the factors behind this
- working with our stakeholders, including the public and people who use services, to understand if there are any further areas within practice learning that we need to explore.
The review will also be informed by our quality assurance activity, including how changes to simulated practice learning are being delivered for nursing programmes.
Sam Foster, NMC Executive Director for Professional Practice, said:
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s professionals at the heart of health and social care. We have a responsibility to make sure they’re equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to improve people’s health and wellbeing, and practice learning is key to this.
“Demand for care is rising, and people’s care needs are constantly evolving. The independent research we’re undertaking will ensure that together with education institutions and practice learning partners, we’re continuing to support and prepare students to be the best nursing and midwifery professionals they can be when they qualify – delivering high-quality, person-centred care across different sectors and settings.
“Input from our partners, including the public, will be invaluable and we look forward to gathering views over the coming months. We’ll keep everyone updated as our work progresses.”
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