Plans to regularly check nurses’ competencies are likely to be delayed after a similar scheme for doctors was postponed by the government, according to a senior regulator.
Last week’s decision to defer for a year checks on doctors’ fitness to practise will “inevitably” impact revalidation plans for other professions, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence chief executive Harry Cayton told Nursing Times.
Mr Cayton, whose organisation oversees the NMC, said: “There will be a feeling that it’s appropriate now to watch and wait a bit longer before individual regulators launch revalidation schemes for their own groups of professionals.
“We will see all the regulators want[ing] to pause and take stock of what the delay in the agreement for doctors means for them. I fear it will be a while yet before patients can be confident that their professionals are up to date [with learning].”
The NMC has been developing revalidation plans and is currently undertaking a “scoping exercise” to look at the options.
A spokeswoman said: “We are continuing to move forward with non-medical revalidation and we’ve had no discussions with the DH who continue to monitor the development of revalidation models.”