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Feedback from the revalidation pilots showed the Nursing and Midwifery Council needs to simplify its guidance for nurses and midwives and raise awareness of revalidation within primary care, social care and the independent sector.
Secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt said in his speech last week that he wanted to make the health service “more human-centred and less system-centred”.
A new regulatory system for midwives is to be introduced, after statutory supervision was branded “ineffective” in the wake of the care failings at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
The professional codes for nurses and doctors are fit for purpose – but further work should be done to provide incentives to ensure all staff are more open, the medical director of NHS England has reported.
The proposed revalidation system for nurses and midwives is currently “inadequate” for a “significant portion” of registrants that do not have the same levels of employer support as others, according to nurses.
The revised Nursing and Midwifery Council code of conduct has restored some responsibility to nurses for ensuring their patients receive good nutritional care.
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 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.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has insisted that it will be ready and able to implement revalidation in April 2016.
Employers are not obliged to provide specific revalidation support for nurses and midwives, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, but the regulator has suggested ways that trusts can offer assistance to registrants.
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.
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.
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.