Quality assurance and UK nurse education
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Quality assurance and UK nurse education

Richard Hogston Associate dean and head, School of Health and Community Care, Leeds Metropolitan University;
Roger Watson Professor and associate dean, Graduate Division of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield
Ian Norman Professor of nursing and interdisciplinary care, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London
Anne Stimpson Research associate, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull
Diana Sanderson Senior associate consultant, York Health Economics Consortium, University of York
Jacqueline O’Reilly Senior consultant, York Health Economics Consortium, University of York

Aim To evaluate the quality assurance model for nursing education in the United Kingdom (UK) for the first nine months after the inception in 2002 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Method A specially designed questionnaire was administered to representatives of higher education institutions where nurse education took place and representatives of the NMC in all four countries of the UK.

Results Quality assurance activity had taken place across the UK, mostly in the shape of validation events. Quality assurance events proceeded largely as expected by higher education and NMC representatives. There was a statistically significant trend towards greater preparedness and knowledge for validation and satisfaction with the new quality assurance procedures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compared with England.

Conclusion At the time of this study the new quality assurance procedures were less than 12 months old and there may have been resistance to change in England where the changes were greatest.

Nursing Standard. 20, 27, 41-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.03.20.27.41.c4093

Correspondence

r.hogston@leedsmet.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review