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NMC removes time limits for pre-reg nursing programmes

The regulator has removed time limits for the completion of pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes, nurse and midwife prescriber programmes and specialist community public health nurse programmes from its education standards.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has removed the time limits for the completion of pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes from its education standards.  

There will also no longer be a time limit for the completion of nurse and midwife prescriber programmes and specialist community public health nurse programmes. 

The regulator has made the change to comply with the Equality Act 2010, which outlaws discrimination in the workplace and wider society. 

Registrants who took longer to complete training because of disability or maternity leave could have challenged the NMC on grounds of discrimination. 

At its meeting earlier this month, the NMC’s council also agreed to devolve the responsibility for management of completion timescales to approved education institutions.

The regulator held a consultation on the removal of the maximum time limits from its education standards from January to March and the NMC said there was general support for the changes. 

 

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