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.

Use the best available evidence

  • 35. You must deliver care based on the best available evidence or best practice.
  • 36. You must ensure any advice you give is evidence based if you are suggesting healthcare products or services
  • 37. You must ensure that the use of complementary or alternative therapies is safe and in the best interests of those in your care

Keep your skills and knowledge up to date

  • 38. You must have the knowledge and skills for safe and effective practice when working without direct supervision
  • 39. You must recognise and work within the limits of your competence
  • 40. You must keep your knowledge and skills up to date throughout your working life
  • 41. You must take part in appropriate learning and practice activities that maintain and develop your competence and performance

Keep clear and accurate records

  • 42. You must keep clear and accurate records of the discussions you have, the assessments you make, the treatment and medicines you give and how effective these have been
  • 43. You must complete records as soon as possible after an event has occurred
  • 44. You must not tamper with original records in any way
  • 45. You must ensure any entries you make in someone's paper records are clearly and legibly signed, dated and timed
  • 46. You must ensure any entries you make in someone's electronic records are clearly attributable to you
  • 47. You must ensure all records are kept securely