Nearly three quarters of Nursing Times readers who answered a snap web poll say they think patient feedback should not form part of nurse revalidation.
In our latest online Poll of the Week, 28% of the 81 respondents answered “yes” when asked whether patient views should feature in the new system of competence checks, but 72% answered “no”.
Our question follows the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s approval last week of plans to introduce revalidation by 2015.
The NMC backed proposals for a system that will comprise an audit of post-registration education and practice portfolios and require registrants to collect feedback from patients every three years. They will also need to declare they have had an appraisal and are fit to practise.
However, concerns have been raised about the cost of introducing the plans and their actual value for improving patient safety.
More information on the NMC’s plans for revalidation can be found on the regulator’s website.
Nursing Times polls readers each week on a topical question related to nursing in the news. Check www.nursingtimes.net to answer the current question:
Do you always introduce yourself to patients when meeting them for the first time?