Following the launch of a consultation into the future of standards in registered nurse education by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in June 2017, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has published their response to the consultation following the conclusion of the consultation period on 12 September 2017.

The NMC review sought to consult on considerable overhauls to the framework that governs the education of new nurses and midwives to prepare for the challenges facing the profession in the future, and to set the minimum standards that nurses will need to meet in the future.

In their response, the RCN welcomed a number of changes suggested by the consultation, including support for:

  • all nurses being able to undertake full assessments of patients
  • doubling of the number of assessed simulation hours in nurse training (from 300 to 600 hours)
  • splitting the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor
  • ensuring prescribing nurses are ‘prescribing ready’
  • the NMC moving toward standardisation of nursing education.

A need for funding to be devoted to continuing professional development was also highlighted, in order to ensure that the current workforce would be at the same skill level and be able to support learners. You can read the full RCN response to the NMC consultation via the RCN website.