Revalidation processes, launched in 2016 by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), require individual nurses and midwives to demonstrate through a range of evidential requirements that they are fit to practice against the standards of the Code. 

In that context the Government Chief Nursing Officers (GCNOs) working alongside the 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 GCNOs, supported by NIPEC.

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.

Launched on International Nurses Day 12 May 2017 a range of resources were developed and are available on the NMC website:
www.nmc.org.uk/professionalism including 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

Phase 2 of the project has now commenced. As a part of the response to the Year of the Nurse 2020 and the Nursing Now campaign, the six Government Chief Nursing Officers (GCNOs) of the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland have pledged to undertake a work stream aligning with the ethos of these initiatives linked to the Enabling Professionalism framework.

More information about this work will be released over the next few months with a launch date coinciding with the 200th Anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth International Nurses Day, 12th May 2020.

Contact information

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