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Reflecting on the term “evidence-based” can fill nurses with dread.
Private organisations are lining up to offer nurses revalidation “sign off” services for a fee when the new system of competency checks comes into effect next year, Nursing Times has learnt.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new system of revalidation is likely to be introduced in April 2016.
Healthcare regulation in the UK is “incoherent”, “expensive” and requires a “radical overhaul” according to a review by the body which oversees the work of organisations including the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust chief nurse Dame Eileen Sills has been appointed as a senior professional advisor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to look into the possibility of implementing recommendations from a recent wide-ranging review of nurse education, which included the suggestion that undergraduates should spend more time on general training before specialising.
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.
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 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.
Employers and social care settings are to be targeted more closely in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s campaign to drive awareness around revalidation.
Members of the UK nursing regulator’s council have highlighted a number of risks that could arise from revalidation and have called for an assessment of their potential impact.
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”.
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.
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.