A scheme to promote the development of health service leaders is being promoted as helping nurses contribute towards completing revalidation.
The NHS Leadership Academy is encouraging nurses and midwives to consider its basic leadership skills scheme because completing it will be “making it easier” for them to comply with revalidation.
“The learning is in small chunks so you can do as little or as much as you want at any one time”
Clare Price Dowd
It said nurses and midwives who take part in the Edward Jenner Programme “automatically” begin working towards the required 35 hours of continuing professional development relevant to their scope of practice.
The programme can be used as evidence of hours of participatory learning, as it encourages nurses to put their learning into practice, reflect and discuss this online, said the academy.
In addition, after completing the programme nurses and midwives will receive an academy-recognised qualification and certificate, it said.
Dr Clare Price Dowd, nurse and senior programme lead at the academy, said: “We know nurses, midwives and frontline staff are busy.
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“As nurses, we all need to go through the revalidation process, but we wanted to make it easier for them to do so,” she said.
“Our Edward Jenner programme gives them the chance to go through the process at their own pace,” said Dr Price Dowd.
She added: “The learning is in small chunks so you can do as little or as much as you want at any one time – while also getting an academy recognised qualification – which they can build on if they wish to do so.”
The revised Edward Jenner programme was launched in June 2015. It is free, accessible online and aimed at people in healthcare who have an interest in leadership.
It is described by the academy as the “first port of call if you’re looking to build a strong foundation of leadership skills that can help enhance your confidence and competence in your role”.
Following its completion, participants have the choice to carry on developing their leadership skills with the academy’s other schemes, including the Mary Seacole, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Nye Bevan programmes.
Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England
Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said: “The Edward Jenner programme is a useful tool to help nurses and midwives begin their revalidation process making it convenient for them to do so.
“I’m really pleased that the NHS Leadership Academy is supporting a range of healthcare professionals including nurses across the system to develop and become better leaders of the future,” she said.
The NHS Leadership Academy was launched in April 2012 and brings together national activity supporting leadership development in health and NHS funded services.
Revalidation, the new process all nurses and midwives need to follow to maintain their registration, was introduced in April by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
- Visit the academy’s website for more information about the Edward Jenner programme