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The NMC decides on Advanced Practice for nurses

By Janet O'Neill, iOH Director of Professional Development

Published 15 April 2024

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The NMC today ran 2 webinars on the next steps for Advanced Practice. A recording will be uploaded to their website Advanced practice review – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

Following extensive consultation, the NMC has decided to proceed with regulating Advanced Practice (AP) for nurses. They aim to unite the varying standards within HEI programs and devolved states and therefore provide clarity for nurses. Grandfather rights are being considered for those already in an AP role or currently undertaking training. The NMC have acknowledged the RCN advanced practice standards and HEE (Higher Education England), now NHS England Workforce Training and Education (NHSE WT&E) multi-professional framework for advanced practice. They understand the multi-professional stance and are keen to ensure that nurses in this sphere can meet the revalidation requirements specific to the NMC Code of Conduct. They emphasised the size of the NMC, which with over 880,00 members, they are the largest regulatory body in the UK.

Work starts in May 2024, just around the corner and will include: –

  • Draft standards of proficiency, with a public consultation to finalise.
  • Draft associate programme standards which include quality assurance and implementation activity, with a public consultation to finalise.
  • Develop and finalise a unified UK-wide AP framework with ongoing regulatory discussions to support it.
  • Develop a proportionate approach to recognising existing AP nursing and midwifery professionals and those studying.
  • Include AP considerations in the planned revalidation and Code review.

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