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NMC announces further pilot sites to help test new revalidation system

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced the names of more organisations that will be assisting it next spring to test the system and processes underpinning the forthcoming system of competency checks known as revalidation.

The new list includes a broad range of employers, including the independent sector, a school of nursing and a trade union.

It also includes nursing groups who are being asked to take part, such as practice nurses and those involved in giving cosmetic treatments.

“The organisations and individuals we will work with in the coming months will help us to make sure that revalidation works for all nurses and midwives”

Jackie Smith

Revalidation for nurses is being introduced from 31 December 2015 to check that registrants are up to date and fit to practise. A similar system has been rolled out for doctors since 2012.

Under the new system, nurses and midwives will be required to pass a series of competency checks in order to confirm to the NMC that they are up to date and fit to practise every three years.

Registrants must receive confirmation from a third party that they continue to practise in accordance with the NMC code and that they have reflected on feedback from service users, which may include patients, colleagues or others.

The first six organisations working with the NMC to pilot the new revalidation system were announced in October.

The following 12 organisations and groups of self-employed professionals are the latest to be announced as participating in the pilot scheme:

  • Birmingham City University
  • Bupa UK
  • GP practices
  • Hallam Medical
  • Independent occupational health practitioners via the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee
  • Self-employed nurses via the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses
  • Self-employed nurses via the Private Independent Aesthetic Practices Association
  • South West Region Defence Primary Healthcare
  • Unite the union

Participants are being sought from the nurses and midwives employed by these organisations to pilot the revalidation model.

The pilot will help identify any ways in which the NMC should refine the model, guidance and forms before its introduction at the end of 2015.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith

Nurses and midwives who are taking part in the pilots will go through the online testing between April and June 2015, said the regulator.

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar, said: “The organisations and individuals we will work with in the coming months will help us to make sure that revalidation works for all nurses and midwives, no matter what their practice setting, level of seniority or employment situation.”

  • Visit the NMC website for more information on revalidation.
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