Welcome to our new digital Professional Communication Platform for Nursing & Midwifery across Northern Ireland.

As Chief Nursing Officer, I wanted to provide a digital space where I could share information with everyone working in nursing and midwifery including sharing news, stories and good practice.

The purpose of this platform is to host, in one place, web-links to information which is essential to keep you up-to-date during this COVID-19 response. This platform is designed to complement all the other updates you get, for example, from your employer, professional bodies, professional regulator, unions.

National Museums NI launches new Florence Nightingale exhibition digitally, view video

Florence Nightingale – Nursing and Midwifery 200 Years exhibition was originally set to open at the Ulster Museum in March before social distancing measures were introduced. Its launch as a digital exhibition coincides with the 200th year anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth (May 12) and International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020.

In the video the CNO  tells us “Just as Florence Nightingale wrote to a local nurse with advice and encouragement over 100 years ago, we'd like to use this opportunity to express gratitude to our nurses, midwives, and all those who work in health and social care and to highlight depth and diversity of nursing and midwifery practice which we have all come to appreciate more and more during COVID-19. This pandemic has also highlighted how relevant Nightingale’s pioneering work in infection control is to modern day nursing.”

Northern Ireland Executive's five-stage plan for easing the Covid-19 lockdown was published on 12 May

CNO thank you open letter & CNO thank you video

Below are links to important information and updates:

COVID-19 DoH & PHA updates

 Latest Updates
Department of Health – COVID-19 Updates 
 Public Health Agency – COVID-19 Updates
Previous Updates
Department of Health – COVID-19  Public Health Agency – COVID-19

CNO Communications

Nursing Now is facilitating the global sharing of support for the nursing and midwifery communities by launching its Poetry Portal where people can share expressions of thanks, support, share emotions and come together through the medium of art.

We are living through extraordinary times and the nursing and midwifery family are facing unprecedented challenges. It is paramount that frontline health workers are encouraged to share their emotions, as well as their experiences as a way to process the often traumatic situations they are faced with on a daily basis. To read poems or share your own, click here

For some inspiration:

Video Message from Chief Nursing Officer

Letter from Chief Nursing Officer

Education Providers COVID-19 Updates

The Open University
Queens University Belfast
Ulster University
Clinical Education Centre
COVID-19 Programmes


Information for Nursing & Midwifery Students

Chief Nursing Officer’s letter to Universities promoting the new booklet for Final Year Nursing and Midwifery Students

Booklet for Northern Ireland’s final year nursing and midwifery students in the last six months of their studies

NMC student statement

In this statement the NMC explains why there is no longer a need to establish a specific student part of the temporary register for nursing students.

Previous Updates


General Practice Nursing

NMC Covid-19 Updates

Revalidation June 2020

NMC have automatically extended revalidation application dates by 12 weeks for anyone who is due to revalidate in June 2020

Previous Updates

In this statement the NMC explains why there is no longer a need to establish a specific student part of the temporary register for nursing students.

In discussion with the four Chief Nursing Officers across the UK the NMC have no current plans to give either individual nurses and midwives, or groups of nurses and midwives, a temporary annotation allowing them to prescribe medicines for the purpose of the Covid-19 emergency.


NIPEC Updates

Your Stories & Best Practice

  • “Nursing Northern Ireland and the world to health & wellbeing”. View the video

This video was made to celebrate International Nurses day on 12 May 2020.

  • Dr Patricia Gillen & Paula McFadden, Ulster University & Southern HSC Trust. View the video

Patricia & Paula want to hear from nurses and midwives and understand more about their quality of working life and coping in relation to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Complete the survey

  • District Nursing Team Leader Liz McCormick, South Eastern Trust. 

Liz tells her story about helping her nursing colleagues and caring for residents in one of the Nursing Homes in South Eastern Trust. Chief Nursing Officer Charlotte McArdle encourages other Nurses to consider undertaking this opportunity.

  • Dr Dale Spence Midwifery Officer DoH, Alana Divito, Midwife, Northern HSC Trust & Annette, mum-to-be. View the video

Advice for mums about maternity services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Alana is a participant on the Nightingale Challenge 2020 Global Leadership Development Programme.

  • Midwives Mobilising the World to Health and Well-being. View the video

Some of those celebrating the International Day of the Midwife 2020 with Northern Ireland Midwives are, Prof. Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Dale Spence Midwifery Officer,  Health Minister Robin Swann, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General  & Fran McConville, Midwife WHO and Ciara Close, Student Midwife.

  • Mary Frances McManus, Nursing Officer, Department of Health & Marie Canavan, School Nurse, Belfast Trust. View the video

Advice for staff and pupils in schools in relation to good hygiene, social distancing and what to do if presenting with signs & symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Chief Nursing Officer, Charlotte McArdle and Ashleigh Pullins, District Nurse, Northern HSC Trust. View the video

A demonstration from Ashleigh on what patients can expect when being visited by District Nursing services in their own homes. Ashleigh is a participant on the Nightingale Challenge 2020 Global Leadership Development Programme.

Charlotte McArdle,