One of the emerging themes, from the meetings that have taken place across the country about the new Nursing standards that were launched by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) at Easter, is the enthusiasm for adopting digital assessment.

The Universities we have worked with for more than five years deserve great credit for this development. They took the bold step of converting their paper assessment documents to electronic ones and as a result transformed the way Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional skills have been assessed. All the evidence is that not only are there significant savings in time and resources but the quality of the assessment is improved.

For our part we have demonstrated that our core technology has always proved itself fit for purpose and we have never had to fundamentally change it however that does not mean we have stood still. Each site we have developed has contained new functionality. For our latest site at Oxford Brookes University we have made all functionality accessible with one click and we have added the ability for tutors to add simulated hours to multiple student records with one action.

We are already talking with individual Universities and pan area groups about innovative ways of assessing the new standards and we look forward to continuing those discussions at the NET conference which we will again be attending.