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UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council

Scientific Committee on Nursing and Midwifery Practice
Terms of Reference

These Terms of Reference for the Scientific Committee for Nursing and Midwifery Practice outline the areas of focus and responsibilities of the Committee.  The Committee is organized and commissioned by the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council (UAE NMC).  As such, all of its recommendations are reviewed and actioned by the Council.  Committee work is conducted collaboratively, with the input of key stakeholders and representatives from the nursing and midwifery professions, healthcare provider and regulatory entities, academics, government, and from the public.  
The Scientific Committee on Nursing and Midwifery Practice will address the following:  

Strategy and Policy

Develop strategic directions for the advancement of nursing and midwifery practice and practice environments aligned to international standards.  

Standard Setting

1.   Propose to the Board for approval: UAE Scope of Practice for each category regulated by the UAE NMC 
          a.   Practice standards including code of ethics/conduct for these categories and all specialties
          b.   Practice environment and service standards  

2.   Establish a plan to implement, monitor and evaluate adherence to UAE NMC standards at the individual and health entity levels.

3.   Review and up-date all scope and standard documents according to committee policy, every 4 years, or as deemed necessary.

4.   Define practice related key terms in Council glossary, including, but not limited to accountability, responsibility, autonomy, dependent, independent interdependent roles, delegation, assignment, and supervision (direct and indirect).

Practice and the Practice Environment 

5.   Define principles and guidelines for individual practice including:

          a.   Ethical and Legal Practice, including but not limited to:
                    -   Role autonomy and independence
                    -   Delegation:  To and from another professional and delegation to non-licensed assistive personnel

          b.   Care provision and management, including but not limited to: 
                    -   Health promotion
                    -   Provision of care
                    -   Leadership and management
                    -   Therapeutic and interpersonal relationships

          c.   Professional, personal and quality development, including but not limited to:
                    -   Professional development
                    -   Enhancement of the profession
                    -   Development of others
                    -   Quality management

6.   Define principles and guidelines for positive practice environments, including but not limited to:
          a.   Patient safety and quality outcomes, including staffing levels
          b.   Transformational leadership
          c.   Professional practice
          d.   Governance
          e.   Professional development
7.   Communicate standards for adoption and implementation by health providers, healthcare entities, and the public.  Provide tools to support adoption, adherence and monitoring.

Guidance and Advice

8.   Provide guidance and advice to organizations implementing practice standards.  

9.   Provide written guidelines for practitioners in the case when new or controversial practice situations arise.

10. Follow trends in nursing, midwifery and practice and bring significant emerging issues and trends to the notice of the Board and the relevant professional groups.

11. May provide consultation; conduct workshops, forums, and studies, and establish a research agenda for professional practice.

12. Convene and charge ad hoc taskforces as necessary.

13. When required, seek and provide input to other scientific committees and ad hoc task forces.  

14. When necessary, seek and provide input to other scientific committees and ad hoc task forces as necessary.