Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for medical, nursing and midwifery students

Guidance on student support for medical, nursing and midwifery students during the COVID-19 outbreak. This guidance is not current.

Annex A: Glossary

Agenda for Change - national system for pay and terms & conditions for all NHS staff, with the exception of doctors, dentists and most senior managers.

Approved Education Institutions – bodies approved by the NMC to offer educational programmes for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

Council of Deans of Health Scotland – represents Scotland’s university faculties providing education and research for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals

Employee assistance – an employee benefit offered by employers and intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health and well-being.

Nursing and Midwifery Council - the professional regulator of nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England. Ensure these professionals have the knowledge and skills to deliver consistent, quality care that keeps people safe

Preceptorship – the period in which newly qualified practitioners are guided in their transition from a student and support to develop their practice further.

Statutory and mandatory training – training for staff that is required by law or a compulsory requirement of the organisation to ensure safe and effective care.

Supernumerary - students must be considered ‘supernumerary’, meaning that they are not counted as part of the staffing required for safe and effective care in that setting.  This ensures that students can be supported to learn and practise skills safely.

Supervision – supervision of student nurses and midwives in practice learning environments by registered nurses to ensure that students can meet the relevant learning outcomes whilst ensuring public protection

Temporary register – a new part of the NMC register, establish by emergency legislation, to which nurses whose registration recently lapsed and nursing students may be admitted.



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