The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has updated its Code of Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives and the revised Code comes into effect on 31 March 2015.
The existing code has been in force since 2008 and the new Code is designed to reflect the changes in healthcare, and society, that have happened during the past seven years. Consequently, the Code contains new requirements on:
- Fundamentals of care;
- The duty of candour;
- Raising concerns;
- Delegation and accountability;
- The professional duty to take action in an emergency; and
- Social media use.
Some of these changes reflect a necessary response to the Francis report into the Mid-Staffs failings and the introduction of the new offences relating to ill-treatment or wilful neglect and the duty of candour.
The Code covers four broad themes designed to support quality in health and care:
- Putting people first;
- Preserving safety;
- Practising effectively; and
- Promoting professionalism and trust.
The Code includes standards requiring nurses and midwives to treat people with kindness, respect and compassion and to assess and respond to people’s physical, social and psychological needs.
The NMC’s guidance on record keeping, the care of older people and professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students will be withdrawn and new guidance on social networking and duty of candour will be published after the Code comes into effect.
BLM would be happy to provide advice or training on the new Code and/or its interaction with the new offences relating to wilful neglect and the duty of candour and practical steps to take to ensure compliance.