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'Revalidation should be funded by government, not nurses,' claims union


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.

Unison members called for a campaign to be launched “immediately” to ensure registrants are not made to pay higher registration fees in future to the Nursing and Midwifery Council following the introduction of the new checks system called revalidation later this year.

“It is right for appropriate funding to be put in place by the government to assist all employers to facilitate [revalidation training]”

Unison member

At the union’s annual healthcare conference in Liverpool this week, members from Lanarkshire Health branch questioned how revalidation could be introduced on 31 December, when it was still not clear how much it would cost and who would pay for it.

Members said there were training implications for registrants, appraisers, confirmers – the person who signs off that the registrant had completed all the competency checks – and employers, all of which would cost money.

Employers should not be expected to finance revalidation within their existing budgets, because this would result in money being taken away for training other NHS  workers, said the Lanarkshire members.

“It is right for appropriate funding to be put in place by the government to assist all employers to facilitate this process,” they said, adding: “[If not,]  the NMC will find nurses cannot revalidate and many are likely to removed from the register.”

They warned that if the NMC were left to fund revalidation itself, the cost would be passed onto nurses and midwives through an increased annual registration fee.

A motion to start a campaign against registrants being charged for revalidation and to ensure all UK governments provide funding instead was passed.

Revalidation, which replaces the current system called  post-registration education and practice (PREP) is due to be introduced by the NMC from 31 December.

The first registrants are expected to go through the process in April 2016.


Readers' comments (3)

  • I have always felt that the role of the NMC is to set and uphold nursing practice standards, in order to uphold the quality of care.Such a service is surely meant mainly to benefit and protect the public against bad practice.I do not think it is fair to make nurses pay for such a service.The government should recover such costs from the tax payer.In any case nurses pay tax too. Nurses should be made to pay on the basis that they also benefit from the NHS like everybody else,and not because of their profession.

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  • Pussy

    Alas not a chance.

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  • why? how much is it going to cost?

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