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.

Treat people as individuals

  • 1. You must treat people as individuals and respect their dignity
  • 2. You must not discriminate in any way against those in your care
  • 3. You must treat people kindly and considerately
  • 4. You must act as an advocate for those in your care, helping them to access relevant health and social care, information and support

Respect people's confidentiality

  • 5. You must respect people's right to confidentiality
  • 6. You must ensure people are informed about how and why information is shared by those who will be providing their care
  • 7. You must disclose information if you believe someone may be at risk of harm, in line with the law of the country in which you are practising

Collaborate with those in your care

  • 8. You must listen to the people in your care and respond to their concerns and preferences
  • 9. You must support people in caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health
  • 10. You must recognise and respect the contribution that people make to their own care and wellbeing
  • 11. You must make arrangements to meet people's language and communication needs
  • 12. You must share with people, in a way they can understand, the information they want or need to know about their health

Ensure you gain consent

  • 13. You must ensure that you gain consent before you begin any treatment or care
  • 14. You must respect and support people's rights to accept or decline treatment and care
  • 15. You must uphold people's rights to be fully involved in decisions about their care 
  • 16. You must be aware of the legislation regarding mental capacity, ensuring that people who lack capacity remain at the centre of decision making and are fully safeguarded
  • 17. You must be able to demonstrate that you have acted in someone's best interests if you have provided care in an emergency

Maintain clear professional boundaries

  • 18. You must refuse any gifts, favours or hospitality that might be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment
  • 19. You must not ask for or accept loans from anyone in your care or anyone close to them
  • 20. You must establish and actively maintain clear sexual boundaries at all times with people in your care, their families and carers