The James Paget University Hospital has contributed to national resources put together by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) to support the implementation of new proficiency standards for nurses, midwives and nursing associates across the UK.
The NMC are the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and since 2018 they have introduced a suite of new programme and proficiency standards to ensure practitioners are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver high quality care now and in the future.
The new standards were co-produced in partnership with professionals, people who use services, other health and care professionals, charities and advocacy groups across all four countries of the UK.
On Tuesday, 14 July, the NMC launched their web hub of supporting materials on these standards, to provide information clearly and in one place for each profession.
The James Paget has contributed to the hub through the provision of an example scenario following a student nurse on placement in a hospital. The scenario - that can be read here; https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/standards-for-nurses/standards-of-proficiency-for-registered-nurses/nursing/general-hospital-setting-adult/ - demonstrates the myriad of things nurses have to consider when looking after patients including the physical and mental health care of individuals, wound care, managing intravenous and oral medication, co-ordinating care for current and future needs, leading and supporting other healthcare staff and safeguarding.
Sue West, Senior Nursing Education Adviser at the Nursing & Midwifery Council said; “Our standards of proficiency for registered nurses have been developed with the future nurse in mind and with what patients will need from them in the future as care needs become more complex. They set out what nurses need to know and be able to do at the point of registration.
“Developing supporting information in the web hub is important to the NMC, and James Paget University Hospital has been pivotal in developing our first scenario, which demonstrates the complexity of nursing care interventions and how learning can take place across the 7 platforms of the standards during one working day.”
Sharon Crowle, James Paget Head of Education and Practice Development, said; “It was a great privilege to work with the NMC and support the development of these new resources. I hope many people see and use them and that they are a useful resource. Teaching and supporting students is very important to the team at the James Paget and we are delighted to have worked with the NMC on this project.”
The resources can be accessed via the NMC website -
Nursing hub https://www.nmc.org.uk/implementation-nursing
Midwifery hub https://www.nmc.org.uk/implementation-midwifery