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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07156: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the administrative forms that nurses have to fill out.

Answered by: Shona Robison 2 March 2017

Record keeping of an individual’s care is an important aspect of a nurse’s role and contributes to ensuring quality of care. As part of their role nurses and midwives must keep clear and accurate records relevant to their practice. This requirement is set out in the revised Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code, which came in to effect from 31 March 2015, and further details of the requirements can be found at - https://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/nmc-publications/nmc-code.pdf

In addition as part of our Excellence in Care work programme, led by our Chief Nursing Officer, we will be including work on record keeping.