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