The 2019 Corporate Nursing and Midwifery Strategy identified the need to develop existing nursing and midwifery staff competency to reflect current international best practice.

The Nursing Midwifery Education Department (NMED) were tasked with developing a robust and sustainable competency framework to reflect HMC’s current and future needs. To this end NMED formed a shared governance Nursing and Midwifery Competency Framework Steering Committee to lead the development and implementation of a new competency framework and process.

The Competency Framework provides an evidence-based, standardized, holistic approach to the confirmation of nursing and midwifery competence for clinical practice across HMC. It emphasizes the importance the demonstration of competence through consistently compassionate, confident and safe nursing and midwifery practice.

Fundamental to success of the competency framework is the close collaboration between the Steering Committee and Specialty Nursing and Midwifery Networks/Competency Committees who are leading the review, development and standardization of competent practice which is aligned with specialty scopes of service, professional licenses and job descriptions and underpinned by evidence, international guidelines and HMC policies and procedures..

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