The Queen’s Nursing Institute has commented on the announcement by the Nursing and Midwifery Council regarding new post-registration standards for community nurses.  

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the QNI’s Chief Executive commented:  

“The QNI and many nurses in our networks have worked closely with the NMC over the last two and a half years to develop the new post-registration standards.  We are pleased to see that the standards are ready for consideration by NMC Council on 26th May 2022.  

“We plan to build on the new NMC SPQ standards by in developing nationally recognised QNI field-specific standards in partnership with all key stakeholders, including the NMC.   

“These field-specific standards will include the five existing NMC annotations – Community Children’s Nursing, Community Learning Disability Nursing, Community Mental Health Nursing, District Nursing and General Practice Nursing. 

“We will also develop field-specific standards for those nurses undertaking the SPQ in the fields of Adult Social Care, Inclusion Health Nursing, Criminal Justice Nursing and Hospice Nursing. This range of standards may be expanded as more fields of practice are developed in the community, and as new standards are required for those nurses working at an advanced level and leading and managing teams within a defined field of practice.”  



The QNI has published voluntary standards for various community nursing fields over the past eight years. For more information, see: https://qni.org.uk/nursing-in-the-community/standards/ 

Nursing and Midwifery Council Links are given below:

Council papers: https://www.nmc.org.uk/about-us/governance/the-council/council-meetings/council-meeting-may-2022/

Blog: https://www.nmc.org.uk/news/news-and-updates/a-milestone-for-specialist-community-and-public-health-nursing/

Web news: https://www.nmc.org.uk/news/news-and-updates/important-decisions-on-the-agenda-as-council-heads-to-northern-ireland/



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