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.