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30,000 nurses due for revalidation in three months' time


Almost 5% of England’s nursing workforce are due to undergo revalidation in the first quarter of 2016-17, official papers reveal.

Minutes of a meeting of the NHS Trust Development Authority released this week said 30,000 nurses would need to be revalidated between April and June, once new rules come into force.

The documents also indicated that the body, which regulates non-foundation trusts but is soon to be merged into the new organisation NHS Improvement, had assessed the potential impact of revalidation.

The minutes stated: “Failure to achieve the revalidation standards would result in nurses being unable to work with a consequent risk to delivery of patient care.”

The papers, reporting a meeting in November, added: “There was a further risk that a number of nurses would actively choose not to be revalidated.”

The regulator said it had carried out “state of readiness reviews” and the risks these had discovered were being mitigated.

The new checks process, which will be administered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is designed as a replacement for the post-registration education and practice system. It was piloted in the summer.

To successfully revalidate, the NMC guidance says registrants will have to complete 450 hours of practice, compile five pieces of practice related feedback and prepare five written reflective accounts relating to the code of conduct.

The nursing regulator has previously called on employers to be aware of the new system and provide relevant support to their registered nurses.


Readers' comments (25)

  • This will add to a further shortage of nurses. When do they get the time to do all this preparation for revalidation. They work long hard shifts with hardly a break. Are often late off shift and are too tired on their days off. They need their days off to relax and recover for the next span of long demanding shifts. Most have families to attend to as well.

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  • bet the nmc lot don't have to do this. perhaps the nmc want to get rid of nurses

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  • I am trying to put it all together at the moment for revalidation in June I have absolutely no support from my employer's making me ill! I am 58 yrs old and can't understand how any of this will make any difference to standards . Just another way of pushing us out of the profession ! I can't jump through any more hoops!
    Like others, I work very long hours often no breaks ... no time off for training or courses . No extra pay for nights or weekends! My days off are sacrosanct! Nurses should be standing together to say No to revalidation . It's an insult and a complete waste of my precious time!!!!

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  • There is no sense to who the NMC are asking to revalidate, I have just completed a degree and 33 yrs nursing experience, and despite a recent year studying at university my name obviously got pulled out of the hat. So more writing which proves nothing and certainly does not tell them if I'm a good nurse or not, retirement can't come soon enough.

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  • Suspect this "revalidation"may prove the last straw for nurses already considering leaving the profession.

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  • I am not jumping through any of the useless hoops that prove nothing other than you can write
    After over 30 years as a nuse practitioner I am retiring, finito!

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  • I tend to get praised by visiting out of hrs Gp's for my astute observations and good care delivered . The patient always comes first but the gruelling inquisition by senior nurses-re-validation ect is the last straw.We are really selling our profession down the river. What a terrible shame.We have got ourselves into a really pickle this time and is there any way out ?

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  • I would like to say that I understand we have to keep ourselves updated but I just find this revalidation completely ridiculous. As said previously when do we get the time to do all of this extra work, i am 46 years old and have been nursing since I was 21 and I would retire tomorrow if I could. I am actually thinking of going back as a carer as they have less responsibility. I used to love being a nurse and would recommend it to anyone but sadly no more. I think all nursing staff should make a stand against this.

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  • I'm in favour of it. There's not actually much more involved than PREP - so unsure how people have been signing their notification to practice for years if this suddenly feels like to much to handle.
    What people should recognise is the NMC isn't there to protect nurses - I'm sorry but it's there to protect patients - and rightly so.
    Loads of resources for people on-line if they're unsure (I don't expect to be spoon fed - it's my registration) and three years between revalidation gives me plenty of time - even with a mammoth amount of time spent at work and trying to achieve a work life balance.

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  • To the last commentor you are sadly out of synch and nurses are seeing through the nonsense. The NMC have gone too far and need to back down they are questionable in their protection of the public when considering how they hound whistleblowers, look up the case with V.Suddock, and I'm sure there are more. Just for that J.Smith needs to stand down. The NMC come across as pro government if anything. So called self serving nurse leaders in part are supportive of this as they may have vested interests in their own businesses but also it pulls entrepreneurial nurses back towards institutional control. The NMC are confusing their annex contract with employers so nurses need to see the greater picture. Revalidation in no doubt is morally wrong.

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