The Development Framework project, was established in 2003, with an aim to lead, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, the design of a Framework within which registrants in Northern Ireland could best develop in ways that are safe for the public, responsive to need, ethically sound and professionally stimulating. It sought to support and build on the requirements set out in the NMC Code of Professional Conduct Standards for Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2004), and a set of five guiding principles underpinned its design - Accountability, Person-Centeredness, Continuous Learning, Leadership and Integrity.

A comprehensive project structure was set up including a Project Board and Project Group (Use these links to view the minutes of the meetings held during the life of the project) representing stakeholders from across a range of health and care settings, as well as a Project Team, made up of Senior Professional Officers and the Chief Executive. An extensive work programme was undertaken, which led to a period of consultation in November 2004, with stakeholders from across Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The results were analysed and produced in the Consultation Responses Report, in October 2005.

In order to understand better the profile and characteristics of the Northern Ireland registrant workforce, for whom the Development Framework was being designed, a major survey was undertaken in February 2005. The resulting analysis influenced the remaining work on the Development Framework project and plans for implementation. Download the Workforce Profile and Characteristics Report.

Contact Information


Cathy McCusker
Senior Professional Officer
Tel: 0300 300 0066


NIPEC Professional Officer, Angela Drury

Development Framework Consultation Group