Nurses should demonstrate their knowledge is up-to-date with an annual learning portfolio, including patient feedback, according to Robert Francis QC.
In today’s Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry report, Mr Francis called for the introduction of revalidation for nurses, as has just been introduced for doctors.
But he acknowledged that the Nursing and Midwifery Council could not introduce a revalidation scheme immediately, and urged the introduction of minimum standards for appraisal and support as an interim move.
As part of a mandatory annual performance appraisal, nurses would have to show evidence of study and training. Meanwhile, evidence of commitment, compassion and caring would also be shown by feedback from patients and families.
Nurses would have to sign their annual appraisal and portfolio and have it countersigned by their manager.
The government has yet to decide whether it will implement any or all of Mr Francis’s recommendations.