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Nurses have said they need clearer guidance about how to complete the new process of checks for renewing their registration in order to reduce confusion and avoid potentially falling off the register.
Nurse, midwives and doctors have for the first time been issued joint guidance on their professional duty to be open with patients and to apologise when something has gone wrong.
The vast majority of community nurses do not know what process is required to complete the new system of competency checks for nurses and midwives due to be introduced next year, according to a survey.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has improved its performance overall, but is still missing targets requiring it to maintain an accurate register and ensure registrants are continually fit to practise.
NHS and private employers have been criticised by nurses for failing to provide enough support to nursing staff who are under increasing financial pressure.
Professor Stephen Tee, from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.
Plans to bring the education budget for different health professions in Wales under one body may not necessarily bring about the significant workforce changes the country needs, academics have warned.
Legislative reform that will make it harder for public sector workers to go on strike has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech today, marking it as a priority for the new Conservative government.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has approved the removal of mandatory time limits for completing education programmes, handing over the responsibility to universities instead.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has insisted that it will be ready and able to implement revalidation in April 2016.
Draft standards for district nurses have been drawn up by the Queen’s Nursing Institute to ensure the expectations of the role are made “explicit”.
There has been a focus on nurse revalidation in the last week following the conviction of Stepping Hill Hospital nurse Victorino Chua for murdering two patients and poisoning 19 others.
Concerns have been raised that new English language controls for European Union nurses and midwives seeking to join the UK register could hamper overseas recruitment efforts by the NHS.
The introduction of a major new system of nurse competency checks risks being staggered across the UK, because England is lagging behind in its preparation.