It’s now five years since we launched Nursing Times Learning, our suite of online learning units, and in that time nurses have used it to complete over 35,000 hours’ CPD. After months of planning, editorial enhancements and technical design work, we are delighted to have launched a new learning system to better meet nurses’ professional development needs.
Nursing Times Learning has been completely redesigned to incorporate a Learning Passport that enables you to store all evidence of CPD, whether done through NTL learning other other providers. And as the profession prepares for the new revalidation system to be introduced by the Nursing Midwifery Council, we have built the passport specifically to support you in meeting your revalidation responsibilities.
Currently scheduled to launch in April 2016, revalidation will require all nurses and midwives to demonstrate that they have met a range of responsibilities in order to renew their registration every three years. These are:
- 450 practice hours (900 for those with dual nurse and midwife registrations);
- 40 hours of CPD (at least 20 of which must be “participatory” – such as attending conferences, seminars and workshops, or shadowing colleagues);
- Five pieces of practice-related feedback, from colleagues, patients or service users, carers or student nurses;
- Five written reflections on the NMC Code, their CPD or practice-related feedback;
- A professional development discussion with another practitioner on the NMC register;
- Confirmation from another registrant (usually your line manager), that you have met all these responsibilities.
While this may seem like a lot of work, many nurses who took part in NMC pilots of the system found that they were already doing most of the activities but not necessarily writing them down. They also found that the process of writing their evidence made them consider what they had learnt, and improved their practice.
The NT Learning Passport makes revalidation as easy as possible by providing a space for you to store all your evidence in a single place, ready to be exported at the click of a button to show your line manager or submit to the NMC if you are asked to do so. It also contains a range of templates to write up your evidence, which are designed to ensure you meet the NMC’s requirements.
In addition to the passport, we have updated our most popular learning units and launched new ones, giving us 16 units on fundamental aspects of nursing care. Over the coming months we will be updating more units from our old learning programme, and commissioning new ones. As with the practice section of Nursing Times, the units are double-blind peer reviewed, and are written by experts in the subjects - often in collaboration with national nursing organisations.
The full Nursing Times Learning system is available only to subscribers; however, some units will be free for anyone to access providing they are registered users of nursingtimes.net.
For more information about the new Nursing Times Learning, click here.