New nursing code of conduct
Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar, said: 'The new code (opens new window) sets out the professional standards for nurses and midwives. It puts patients at the heart of practice, and will help us to protect the public better.'
The code is shaped around four statements, which state that good nurses and midwives will prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety, and promote professionalism and trust.
Ms Smith added: 'Public expectations of care have changed radically since the code was last reviewed. It is essential that it reflects patients’ needs, modern healthcare practice, and the recommendations of reviews such as the Francis inquiry.'