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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today approved plans for the introduction of a major new system of competency checks for registered nurses and midwives, with the regulator’s chief executive describing it as a “historic” moment.
A major new system of competency checks for nurses is expected to be approved for launch in April, as the Nursing and Midwifery Council meets today to finalise its plans on revalidation.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council must strengthen the way it proposes to verify registrants under its new system of competency checks in order to ensure public protection, a union has warned.
New standards for readmission to the Nursing and Midwifery Council register have been proposed to stop registrants from taking advantage of a loophole that could enable them to avoid revalidation.
Revamped draft guidelines on revalidation have been released, which include additional information about how the Nursing and Midwifery Council will verify registrants’ portfolios of evidence.
“Concerning” gaps in awareness about the forthcoming system of revalidation have been identified, particularly among junior nurses, following a survey of pilot participants.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to discuss reducing the number of hours of continuing professional development required by its new system of checks to remain on the register every three years.
The practice feedback and reflection elements of the new system of revalidation are likely to take nurses and midwives many more hours to complete than current checks on competency.
Nursing and Midwifery Council chief executive Jackie Smith will join a host of speakers at the Nursing Times Revalidation conference this November to explain how nurses should handle revalidation from a registrant’s and manager’s perspective.
Nurses and midwives who fail to renew their registration on time could face weeks out of work under new rules from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.