Review of Minimum Education and Training Standards in Nursing and Midwifery – Qualitative Research Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey which is about the minimum standards of education and training for pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes in the UK.

This survey is being run and the findings analysed by an independent research organisation Traverse, on behalf of the NMC.

Background and purpose of the survey
Now that the UK has left the EU, the NMC is no longer required to continue to include the EU minimum requirements within its pre-registration education standards. Before the NMC’s Council can decide whether or not to make any changes to the current standards, it needs to consider the evidence for continuing to incorporate EU minimum education requirements within its standards for education and training. It also needs to consider the evidence for amending the standards and incorporating different requirements into them.
The EU requirements could be reviewed, with the potential to retain, amend or remove some or all of them. The NMC is open to all views and options. This research is an initial survey of views across interested stakeholders. Any proposals will be subject to a full consultation and approval by the NMC’s Council. In the meantime, the EU requirements will remain in place.

This research is seeking the views of registered nurses, midwives, nursing associates, students, education providers, employers, organisations representing patients or people who use nursing/midwifery services, and others from across the four UK nations. Regardless of what stakeholder group you select, the set of questions asked for each profession are exactly the same.

The NMC is committed to ensuring that their programme standards enable students to achieve the standards of proficiency to provide safe and effective care for registration and beyond, and your responses are important to ensuring this outcome.
An extract from ‘Directive 2005/36/EC of the European parliament and of the council on the recognition of professional qualifications (as amended)’ (‘EU Directive’) can be found in the NMC’s standards for pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes:

Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes

Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes
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