NMC to revamp post-registration SCPHN standards

20 March 2020

The NMC will develop new ‘bespoke’ specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) standards of proficiency for health visitors, school nurses and occupational health nurses.

Work is also set to begin on scoping the content of the standards of proficiency for a new single specialist practitioner qualification (SPQ) in community nursing, replacing the nine different standards currently used.

Dr Geraldine Walters at the NMC said: ‘Our current standards for SCPHN and SPQ practitioners no longer reflect what people using services in their home or in their local community need.

‘We want to make sure that any new standards better reflect the work that many nurses in local communities are already doing, including complex clinical work, leading and managing teams and shaping local services.’

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