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Nurse Training

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment she has made of the syllabus for nurse training; and if she will make a statement; (82869)

(2) whether there is a preliminary training school module in nurse training;

(3) in what module of nurse training discipline and courtesy is taught.

[holding answer 6 July 2006]: The Department is not responsible for setting curricula for nurse training. The Nursing and Midwifery Council sets the standards for registration as a qualified nurse or midwife. The education standards set by the NMC are at a broad level of principle and are used by higher education institutions to inform their curriculum development. The NMC closely monitors the standards of pre-registration education and quality assures courses to ensure that they are teaching the required skills and knowledge to the right standard. This includes the development of communication skills, both with patients and with other members of the health care team.