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New resources to support professional development and revalidation

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We have launched new regular features which provide you with easily accessible CPD and revalidation activities. Find out more about them in this article

Citation: Shuttleworth A (2017) New resources to support professional development and revalidation. Nursing Times [online]; 113; 5, 40.

Author: Ann Shuttleworth is practice and learning editor, Nursing Times.


New regular features have been introduced to Nursing Times to provide easily accessible continuing professional development that can be done at any time. These complement the online Nursing Times Learning units on fundamental aspects of nursing care, and support your CPD activities. 

Nursing Times Journal Club

Journal clubs are an ideal way of undertaking participatory CPD. Groups of colleagues meet to discuss clinical or professional issues of common interest.

Each month’s Nursing Times Journal Club article is accompanied online by a downloadable handout to guide your journal club discussions. The handout includes an expert commentary from the author and discussion points to consider. Space for notes enable you to record your learning, and how this will influence your practice, for use in revalidation discussions or professional appraisals.

Nursing Times Self-assessment

Online assessment can test understanding of a subject to highlight knowledge gaps and generate evidence of individual CPD. Each month’s Nursing Times Self-assessment article is accompanied by an online assessment to test your knowledge; a score of 80% or more enables you to download a personalised certificate. You can add this to your CPD activities in your Nursing Times Learning passport or professional portfolio.

NIHR Signals

The National Institute for Health Research funds a wide range of health and care research to increase the evidence base underpinning NHS care. To ensure frontline practitioners have access to the research relevant to them, the NIHR Dissemination Centre was set up to make NIHR-funded research available in formats that enable practitioners to find the relevant information and give them confidence in its reliability.

Nursing Times is working in partnership with the Dissemination Centre to select studies of particular significance to nursing practice. These are summarised in NIHR Signals, and accompanied by a commentary from an expert nurse in the relevant field and the implications for your practice; an online assessment tests your understanding of the research methods and implications.

Tara Lamont, deputy director of the NIHR Dissemination Centre explains: 

“Every day, 75 new clinical trials and 11 systematic reviews are published, and busy nurses don’t have time to search out and read them all. When they do have access to research they also need to understand its reliability and pick out the evidence that really matters.

“The NIHR Dissemination Centre works with a large pool of clinical frontline staff, patients and managers to identify the most relevant research and ensure it is seen by the people who can act on its findings through NIHR Signals; these are short, critical summaries with context and commentary – based on best reviews and other research.”

Each month we identify an NIHR Signal of interest to nurses, and provide a link to the full Signal on the NIHR Dissemination Centre’s website, which details:

  • Why the study was needed;
  • Study methodology;
  • Summarised findings;
  • Current guidance;
  • General implications.

Our articles include an expert commentary from a specialist nurse, and nurse-specific implications for practice. You will also be able to undertake an online assessment with questions and feedback on methodology, study design and appraisal; this enables you to test your understanding of the research in question and its implications, and increase your confidence in evaluating research more generally. 

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