Regulation in practice

This information is provided to help nurses and midwives apply their professional judgement, putting regulatory principles into practice.

The Code states that:

“As a professional, you are personally accountable for actions and omissions in your practice and must always be able to justify your decisions”.

Accountability is integral to professional practice. Nurses and midwives make judgements in a wide variety of circumstances, and use their professional knowledge, and skills to make a decision based on evidence for best practise and the person’s best interests. Nurses and midwives need to be able to justify the decisions they make.

Nurses and midwives hold a position of responsibility and other people rely on them. They are professionally accountable to the NMC, as well as having a contractual accountability to their employer and are accountable in the law for their actions.

If a nurse or midwife is asked to deliver care they consider unsafe or harmful to a person in their care, they should carefully consider their actions and raise their concerns to the appropriate person. Nurses and midwives must act in the best interest of the person in their care at all times