Beyond the EU Directive: The updated UK NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery
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Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), London, United Kingdom
Publication date: 2023-10-24
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A169
When the UK left the EU the NMC took the opportunity to review our standards in the light of the EU Directive. We commissioned an external company to research the views of our key stakeholders and undertook a public consultation. Midwifery wanted to adopt a cautious approach to change but we have made some changes namely; modernised the language of our standards, integrated the skills requirements, enabled widening participation to the programmes and added a new standard on student midwives experiencing leadership and team working is different maternity providers. We have now published updated standards for pre-registration midwifery and our education institutions are now adopting them. This paper will present the rigorous co-production process we undertook to develop the updated standards and what the future might hold for midwifery education in the UK.
The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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