Ensuring practice is based on the best evidence: Masterclass on literature searching
The Nursing and Midwifery Council's revised Code became effective on 31 March 2015 (
Midwives must ‘always practise in line with the best available evidence’ (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015a: 7) in order to provide safe and effective care. The purpose of the revised Code and revalidation is to ensure that midwives are basing their practice on the best available evidence thereby giving the public greater confidence in their fitness to practise and the quality of care they provide. Midwives will be required to undertake increased continuing professional development (CPD) (from 35 to 40 hours) and provide evidence of reflective practice (five reflective accounts) to maintain their professional registration (NMC, 2014; 2015a; 2015b). In reality, keeping up-to-date with developments and innovations in health can seem overwhelming, with a constant stream of research from across the world being published daily. Trying to search for, and access, the latest literature may seem an unrealistic expectation of busy midwives who are already juggling their work and home life.
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