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Revolutionising care with the Code

Seeta Bhardwa looks at the key sections of the revised Code for practice and community nurses.

The new Code1 came into force on 31 March 2015. After consulting members up and down the UK, the NMC has revised the Code to 'reflect current practice and provide key standards' for nurses in light of recent enquiries such as the Francis Report's recommendations on whistleblowing and raising concerns for nurses.

A number of sections have changed, such as the duty of candour and references to speaking up honestly and openly in cases of concern. The standard on duty of candour states that nurses should be 'open and honest with colleagues, patients and healthcare regulators when things go wrong.'

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