RCN responds to the publication of new NMC Code of Conduct
Published: 07 April 2008
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a new Code of Conduct. The new code will come into effect on 1 May 2008.
The NMC describes this new Code as a key tool in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the public, which has now been updated to meet the ever changing requirements of today's nurses and midwives.
The amendments made were agreed following an extensive review and consultation process. In response to the publication of the Code, Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary said:
"The RCN was pleased to participate in the NMC consultation on the new Code as it is vital that we ensure the Code is fit for the 21st Century.
"However, the brief reference to indemnity is misleading and could cause nurses to think that they have inadequate liability cover. In the small minority of cases where personal indemnity cover is required, the legal picture is often complex, so we encourage nurses to get in touch for support and advice on their individual circumstances."
Dr Carter stated the RCN wanted to work with the NMC, to develop separate and more detailed guidance to fully explain the issues around liability insurance for nurses. Saying:
"We look forward to working closely with the NMC to ensure that the code of practice has a positive impact on nurses and the future development of nursing as a profession."
All nurses and midwives will receive a copy of the new Code with NMC News at the beginning of April.
- Read the new: NMC Code of Conduct.