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The Code is the foundation of good nursing and midwifery practice, and a key tool in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the public.

The people in your care must be able to trust you with their health and wellbeing.

To justify that trust, you must

  • make the care of people your first concern, treating them as individuals and respecting their dignity
  • work with others to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of those in your care, their families and carers, and the wider community
  • provide a high standard of practice and care at all times
  • be open and honest, act with integrity and uphold the reputation of your profession

As a professional, you are personally accountable for actions and omissions in your practice and must always be able to justify your decisions. You must always act lawfully, whether those laws relate to your professional practice or personal life.

Failure to comply with this code may bring your fitness to practise into question and endanger your registration.

This Code should be considered together with the Nursing and Midwifery Council's rules, standards and guidance available from our website.

How the Code will work with the new revalidation model.