This site contains the new standards and supporting information relating to pre-registration nursing education in the UK.  We have included an explanation of terms as we realise that some of the words used may be unfamiliar.

Through this site you can find the following information which includes supporting documentation.

Statutory requirements

Standards for pre-registration nursing education (2010)

These set out what nursing students must demonstrate to be fit for practice at the point of registration with the NMC. They contain the requirements and guidance that all Approved Education Institutions (AEIs) and their partners within the UK must adhere to in the development and delivery of education programmes. They apply to new programmes approved to commence from September 2011. The standards should be read in association with:-

From April 2014, the standards for competence are now available as a PDF separate document. They set out the standards that nurses must meet when they qualify and the standards they must maintain consistently throughout their careers in order to remain on the register.
This overview of important changes in the initial education of nurses in the UK  accompanies the introduction of new Standards for pre-registration nursing education. It is written primarily for a non-nursing audience.

The purpose of this information is to provide a resource for those working in higher education and practice to support and implement the standards for pre-registration nursing education. It includes key messages, advice and examples of new and different approaches to practice learning. It is non statutory and is designed as a helpful companion to the standards. It is a dynamic document and will be added to as programmes are developed.