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Nurse and Midwife Educators Career Framework


Nurse and midwife educators play a vital role in developing the future generation of nursing and midwifery professionals, teaching graduates to deliver safe and effective care, whilst supporting the ongoing development of registrants.

The need

Findings from the Council of Deans 2019 academic staffing consensus identified a range of recruitment challenges, particularly within nursing and health staff.

What emerged was the need for a framework that supports the recruitment of nurse and midwife education roles, developing clear career pathways and career benefits across the UK.

Developing the framework

We are looking at developing a national, quality driven framework to attract and retain nurse and midwife educators. These educators are critical to both academic and clinical leadership for both pre and post registration education. The framework will help lay the foundations for a new way of working.

Using insights from our education system leaders and practice, we have identified key requirements and needs that the framework will focus on, and have aligned these to the delivery of the NHSE Educator Workforce Strategy (2023):

  • Clear career pathways for nurses and midwives looking to develop a career as an educator.
  • Support for the development of the educator workforce to continue to provide healthcare courses.
  • Practice supervisors and assessors to deliver the NMC Future Nurse and Midwife Standards.
  • Clear and consistent role definition and requirements for educators in clinical practice.
  • Focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Next steps

An expert reference group has been set up, responsible for overseeing the development of the Nurse and Midwife Educators Career Framework. The group are working to develop the first iteration of the framework by early 2024. Following this, the framework will be open for consultation and review.

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