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The head of the nursing regulator has said “no system” of checks, including the forthcoming revalidation programme, could stop a nurse determined to commit murder.
The first of a number of midwives facing fitness to practise cases in relation to baby deaths at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has been struck off.
The system of checks on overseas nurses has been “significantly strengthened” since convicted murderer Victorino Chua joined the register, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a bid to recruit 50 additional nurses and midwives to sit on its fitness to practise panels.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council was “unduly lenient” in a case against a mental health nurse who failed to report an “assault” on a patient by a colleague, a High Court judge has ruled.
The new system for checking nurse’s competencies every three years is to be launched several months later than planned in order to provide more preparation time for the first wave of nurses going through the process.
Employers should be allocated funds to pay for the forthcoming new system of checks on nurse competencies in order to stop registrants from being charged through increased registration fees instead, union members have said.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council should be considered as a potential source for funding the training of qualified nurses in the future, rather than relying “exclusively” on employers to pay for ongoing learning, according to a research body.
The Privy Council has appointed two new council members to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Universities have been advised to appoint a senior member of staff to oversee the forthcoming system of checks for nurses and midwives to ensure academics and researchers are able to renew their registration.
The first of eight midwives accused of misconduct related to poor care and deaths at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust will appear before a misconduct hearing next week.
Student nurses and midwives now have the same level of legal protection as registered staff if they are mistreated or dismissed as a result of raising concerns, following changes to legislation that came into effect this week.
Nurses could risk their registration if they act in an unprofessional or unlawful way online, new guidance on the use of social media has warned.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has been accused by politicians of “completely ignoring” the views of hard-pressed nurses and midwives in its decision to increase registration fees.