The NHS Leadership Academy is offering nurses and midwives the opportunity to carry out their annual revalidation through their Edward Jenner Programme.
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The programme, which was revised and launched in June 2015, is free and accessible online to people in healthcare who have an interest in leadership and can be used as evidence of participatory learning towards the ‘35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD)’ required for revalidation.
Revalidation is the new process that all nurses and midwives in the UK will need to follow to maintain their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The 35 hours of professional development are new as of April 2016 and are relevant to the specific scope of practice in nursing and midwifery.
“We know nurses, midwives and frontline staff are busy as they are trying to deliver care to those who need it the most,” said Dr. Clare Price Dowd, registered nurse and senior programme lead at the Academy. “As nurses we all need to go through the revalidation process, but we wanted to make it easier for them to do so.”
Through the programme, nurses and midwives are able to go through the process at their own pace; doing as little or as much of the learning at one time as they’d like said Ms Price Dowd.
Upon completing the Edward Jenner Programme nurses and midwives will receive an Academy-recognised qualification and certificate and have the choice to carry on developing their leadership skills with the Academy’s other programmes including the Mary Seacole, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Nye Bevan programmes.
Jane Cummings, chief nurse at NHS England said the programme is a useful and convenient tool for nurses and midwives to begin their revalidation process.
“I’m really pleased that the NHS Leadership Academy is supporting a range of health care professionals including nurses across the system to develop and become better leaders of the future,” she said.