In 2015, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published a new Strategy spanning 2015 - 2020 setting out development plans for the regulator to ensure delivery of its mission to protect patients and the public effectively and efficiently.

The publication of the new NMC Code in 2015, provided an opportune context to set out standards and a clear expectation of the practice, behaviours and attitudes required from registrants. Revalidation processes, launched in 2016, require individual nurses and midwives to demonstrate through a range of evidential requirements that they are fit to practise against the standards of the Code.

It is in that context the Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) working alongside the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) took forward a nationwide initiative to define what professionalism means in practice. The project was Chaired by Professor Charlotte McArdle on behalf of the UK CNOs, supported by NIPEC.

This work was underpinned by the NMC Code, and builds upon that which has already taken place across the UK. The resulting framework: Enabling Professionalism, takes into account the impact of autonomous, competent, accountable practitioners and the difference that they make to a person’s health and wellbeing.

This project commenced in December 2015, Phase 1 concluding in May 2017 with the production of Enabling Professionalism in Nursing and Midwifery Practice. The launch on International Nurses Day 12 May 2017 included:

The 30th October 2017 saw the re-launch of the resources for Enabling Professionalism and a release of three animations demonstrating how the framework might be used to support professionalism in practice. The animations can be viewed here

Go to Professionalism in Nursing and Midwifery documents

View the Agendas and Action Notes

Contact information

Angela Reed
Senior Professional Officer
Tel: 0300 300 0066
Email: angela.reed@nipec.hscni.net