The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has teamed up with the Nursing Times to celebrate 100 years of nursing regulation in the UK by holding a competition to design a commemorative badge.
All nurses currently or previously on the NMC register are eligible to enter by creating a design that celebrates 100 years of professional pride.
The winning design will be turned into a limited edition, commemorative pin badge, which will be sent to long-serving nurses on the NMC register as part of the regulator’s ‘always caring always nursing’ celebrations.
As well as the competition, the NMC will launch a new film, an interactive timeline and host a celebratory event. In addition, the regulator will be asking its council to approve brand new standards of education for the next generation of midwives – a major milestone that, if approved, will be supported by a range of communications activity.
Health secretary, Matt Hancock, said, “In celebrating this important milestone we rightly recognise the expertise and experience which underpin nursing as a profession so patients can trust that they are receiving the best possible care. I’d like to thank the NMC for their continued work in upholding these standards and I am committed to backing the nurses of the future to develop rewarding and fulfilling careers in our health and care system.”
Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive and registrar at the NMC, added, “It’s a great privilege and responsibility for the NMC to regulate such an important and trusted profession. We want to use our anniversary to reflect on all that has been achieved since 1919 and show how nurses have made and continue to make a difference for people using services and their families. Our anniversary celebrations are the perfect springboard for the World Health Organisation’s Year of the Nurse and the Year of the Midwife in 2020 and our own development as we introduce our new five-year strategy next April.”
To enter the competition, registered or previous NMC members must submit their entry by post or email before October 15. For entry details, click here.