Mentor Update

Who is the update for?

For Nurses and Midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requires all qualified mentors to maintain and develop their knowledge, skills and competence as a mentor through regular updating. The NMC requires placement providers to maintain a record of current mentors and, where appropriate, (and in partnership with local education providers) to make provisions for annual updating of these nurses and midwives. The purpose of annual updating is to ensure that mentors:

  • Have current knowledge of NMC approved programmes.
  • Are able to discuss the implications of changes to NMC requirements.
  • Have an opportunity to discuss issues related to mentoring, assessment of competence and fitness for safe and effective practice.

Mentors should be prepared to demonstrate to their employers, and NMC quality assurance agents as appropriate, how they have maintained and developed their knowledge, skills and competence as a mentor.

Placement providers will consider evidence of updating as part of triennial review (Standards to support learning and assessment in practice, NMC 2008 (PDF 796KB)).

Allied Health Professionals and Health Scientists

Allied health professionals and Health Scientists who undertake the role will also find the information useful and it will form the basis of their CPD revalidation processes.

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