Barts Health NHS Trust enters into partnership with Nursing Times to support its 5,000 nurses through revalidation
Barts Health has signed a contract with Nursing Times to give all the trust’s nursing staff online access to Nursing Times content, including a unique system to manage revalidation and provide learning resources to help nurses improve their practice and provide safer care.
Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the UK, serving a population of 2.5 million in east London and beyond. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has confirmed that revalidation will take effect from April 2016, requiring registered nurses and midwives to demonstrate every three years that they have maintained their skills and knowledge in order to remain on the NMC register and be able to practise.
Jan Stevens, Interim Chief Nurse said “I am delighted that our staff will benefit from access to the wide range of learning and support available with Nursing Times, which will be especially useful when preparing for revalidation.
“It is vital to providing safe and compassionate care that everyone keeps up to date with essential training and has the opportunity to develop their skills, but it’s equally important that we make best use of staff time and resources. I trust that by using the tools provided by Nursing Times we will be able to make learning and revalidation efficient, useful and enjoyable.”
Nursing Times provides access to a growing bank of online learning units on fundamental aspects of nursing care, 5,000 peer reviewed practice articles, and news on nursing and healthcare policy. All can be accessed on computers, tablets and smartphones.
The NMC strongly recommends that nurses maintain a portfolio of evidence that they met their revalidation requirements. The Nursing Times Learning Passport enables them to store and record the evidence needed for revalidation, including reflective accounts, hours of practice and hours spent on CPD activities, in a format that can be supplied to the NMC if required. Nursing Times also provides online units that count towards nurses’ CPD requirements.
Nursing Times has also developed a Manager Dashboard, which displays how revalidation is progressing across the organisation and enables managers to keep track of their teams.
Jenni Middleton, editor, Nursing Times said “I am delighted that Barts Health has signed up to the Nursing Times Learning system, to help them support their nurses through revalidation. The system enables senior nurses to check who is on course to revalidate on time, and check who needs to do more CPD in order to revalidate. It also enables individual nurses to keep track of evidence that they have met their revalidation requirements. We’ve also developed a suite of 16 learning units on essential topics such as drug calculations, nutrition screening and falls prevention, to help nurses to improve their practice and ensure they are safe to care. They can do the units at any time and we have strong evidence that they enhance nurses’ skills and knowledge.”