Supervision and assessment: the new Nursing and Midwifery Council standards
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Supervision and assessment: the new Nursing and Midwifery Council standards

Kathleen Duffy Head of programme practice education, NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland
Alan Gillies Knowledge manager, NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland

In the UK, mentors of pre-registration nurses must achieve the stage 2 outcomes of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) standards to support learning and assessment in practice. Approval for new standards for student supervision and assessment was granted at the NMC meeting in March 2018 (NMC 2018a). The introduction of the new standards will see the dissolution of mentorship and the emergence of new roles to support students in academic and practice environments. This article gives an overview of these standards and, drawing on the recommendations from a collaborative event hosted by NHS Education for Scotland and some of the findings from a rapid literature review undertaken for that event, provides nurse managers with information to help inform their discussions as they work in partnership with approved education institution colleagues to realise, support and sustain the roles outlined in the new standards. The article concludes with some questions to consider during these collaborative discussions.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1765


Duffy K, Gillies A (2018) Supervision and assessment: the new Nursing and Midwifery Council standards. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1765

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This article has been subject to external double-blind review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 27 June 2018

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