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Advanced nurse register pilot started by RCN


Nurses working in advanced roles are being encouraged to join a credentialing scheme that is being launched by the Royal College of Nursing to provide them with “much-needed” recognition and to boost their career prospects.

As reported by Nursing Times last month, the voluntary scheme will be piloted by a group of nurses this year and will be rolled out in the spring. It marks the first time a register with standards required for the role has been set up in the UK.

To become accredited, nurses working at an advanced level of practice will have to demonstrate their experience, qualifications and competence to a group of expert assessors.

They will be required to have a relevant master’s qualification, be able to carry out non-medical prescribing and have an active membership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

However, the RCN said it will look at temporary arrangements for nurses who are already working at advanced level but do not have a master’s degree or prescribing qualification.

Nurses who are successful in joining the scheme will be included on a register, and will also receive a badge and certificate.

“Nursing is constantly developing and changing and the RCN’s credentialing programme will help the profession to adapt”

Janet Davies

Nurses will have to pay to be a part of the register – which will be open to non-RCN members and those working in both the NHS and independent sector – and membership renewal will be required every three years.

The RCN said its credentialing programme would provide nurses working at an advanced level of practice with “much-needed” recognition for their education, experience and competence, while also enhancing their career prospects.

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “The RCN is nursing’s professional body and we take seriously our commitment to value, promote and enhance the profession.

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“Nursing is constantly developing and changing and the RCN’s credentialing programme will help the profession to adapt to this and recognise the new, complex roles which are emerging,” she said.

“This programme will use the RCN’s expertise and unparalleled knowledge of the profession to help nurses develop their careers, and give patients and employers confidence in the continuing development of their nursing staff,” she added.


Readers' comments (6)

  • There is already a JD under AFC which states the qualifications and experience required for ANPs and they are banded at 8a. How will this enhance that pay or progression? I see the ANPs will also have to pay to be part of this register -so in effect this is a pay cut for them.

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  • We already have to do a portfolio for the NMC to prove that we are fit to practice at our level, plus our contract outlines our role and the qualification needed to work as an ANP. For ANPS like me who have a degree, prescribing qualification, an autonomous practitioner qualification plus over 15yrs experience as an ANP, isn't that not good enough to prove that we can already work at that level without having to do more paperwork. Oh yes and I do regular updates too!!

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  • Apparently not anon @5.02pm, they need to haul you over a few more coals to justify your 10 grand below matron level pay. This will target CNSs next, and no doubt lead to a downband to 6 for any without a random MSc in who-cares-what. Interesting that they haven't decided to start at the top, I would be very interested to hear what competencies, qualifications, experience and accountability should be mandatory for someone to hold the title of chief nursing officer, chief nurse, deputy chief nurse, head of nursing, matron. After all many of these posts are remunerated at double the pay of the lowly ANP and can surely afford to be on a seperate register.

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  • It might seem strange to many but I feel regulation and registration of ANY specialist nursing professional is a good step forward for the nursing profession. It has been a long time coming, the need for nurses to be supported to follow their chosen area of nursing is important, Identification of a nurses specialty, a nationally agreed curriculum, it is clear the NHS is in crisis and they need to have more specialist nurses that make up the MDT so people can be cared for in the community or at home, so if there is a nationally recognized and accredited specialist training that is regulated, and registered means that what ever band of payment it is for that specialty it is across the country.
    For those already in practice, there I feel should be a grandfather law, that says if their training and time in meets the criteria they should be registered.

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  • To be granted a place on the voluntary register costs £350 for 3 years. After this time you are then required to pay again. There isn't a refund if you are declined. Is this completely voluntary register worth anything besides a piece of paper and a little badge?

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  • Advanced practice registration and regulation is long over due, glad the day has arrived. Besides safe guarding the public and it makes us proud to be an Advance practitioner enabling high quality care delivery.

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