Programme Provider - 2023-24 Academic Year

An Introduction

The Nursing and Midwifery Council QA Framework, went live on 1 September 2018. 

To gain programme approval, an approved education institutions (AEI) must meet the requirements set out in the standards for education and training and the relevant programme standards. The gateways and the respective standards are outlined below:

In the framework the NMC states that QA of education gives them the confidence that AEIs and new education institutions (EIs) are meeting their standards for education and training. This helps them to know that students who have successfully completed an approved programme are meeting the standards of proficiency that they require before they join the NMC register. It's one of the ways the NMC fulfil their duty to protect the public.

The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 (the Order) is legislation that establishes the NMC and sets out their primary purpose of protecting the public, their functions, and activities. All QA of education and training operate within the Order. This ensures that nurses, midwives, and nursing associates are educated to consistently deliver high quality healthcare.

The QA handbook informs the QA activity to ensure we support the strategic direction for the NMC’s QA framework. The handbook is intended mainly for those directly involved in nursing, midwifery and nursing associate education.

The handbook sets out the detail of the NMC QA processes and provides guidance of the evidence that AEIs, EIs and their practice learning partners need to demonstrate to meet NMC standards. All QA activity is delivered through the QA Link. Further details on the QA Link can be found here.

Please refer to the Approvals webpage for additional information regarding the gateway process.

Exceptionally report a risk

AEIs should exceptionally report on any risks to the student learning environment that may affect compliance with our education standards. Please refer to the NMC's Exceptionally report a risk guidance for further information on:
- When to report a risk;
- Make an exceptional report (a template is provided on the NMC website via the link above); and
- What the NMC will do next.

If you have any queries please contact the Mott MacDonald team on 01223 463 441 or email


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