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

From 31 March 2015, the revised Code will be in effect.

Revised Code coming into effect on 31 March 2015

We've published a revised Code of practice, which will come into effect at the end of March.

Until then, the version of the Code on these pages remains in place.

The current Code

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.


The revised Code will be in effect from 31 March 2015.

We have published a report [PDF] to provide a narrative for how evidence has informed the drafting of the new Code.

How the Code will work with the new revalidation model.