|The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published new standards, applicable across the UK, to support the learning and assessment of nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses undertaking NMC regulated pre and post-registration programmes (NMC, 2008).|
In 2009, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) provided funding to enable each HSC Trust to implement teams to support the learning and assessment of students requiring practice experience, ensuring that the NMC standards are met. NIPEC led the development of a regional evaluation framework to assist HSC Trusts to demonstrate the effectiveness of the infrastructure to support learning and assessment in practice. In addition, data collection tools were developed and used to facilitate the evaluation processes.
The project includes collaboration with the five HSC Trusts and other key stakeholders, including the Higher Education Institutions in Northern Ireland who provide NMC regulated education programmes.