NMC confirms date for its consultation on draft post-registration standards for specialist community public health nursing and specialist practice qualifications.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now confirmed that it will launch its consultation on post-registration standards on 8 April that was initially due to start in February.  The consultation has been delayed due to the pressures facing the nursing workforce from the winter surge of Covid-19 cases. 

The NMC faced pressure from the Royal College of Nursing, The Queen’s Nursing Institute together with other organisations which resulted in changes to the proposals being consulted on.  The NMC said:

“We’ve listened to these concerns and have amended our proposals. We are now proposing a set of SPQ standards that apply to all fields of community nursing practice with bespoke elements where needed.”

Post-registration standards

The consultation relates to NMC-approved course to become a specialist community public health nurse (SCPHN).

The review, the NMC said, is to ensure “practitioners are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to deliver high quality care now and in the future.”

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