Nearly a third of nurses are yet to receive any support with meeting the requirements of revalidation, less than six months before the first registrants are due to begin undergoing the new system of competency checks.
Our annual survey gives a snapshot of the workforce issues currently facing the profession including the new system of competency checks being introduced for nurses and midwives.
Plans for revalidation were approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in October and subsequently given the go-ahead by the four UK governments.
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To successfully revalidate, registrants will have to complete at least 450 hours of practice, compile five pieces of practice-related feedback and prepare five written reflective accounts.
The completion of a minimum of 35 hours of continuing professional development is also required and they must have all of the requirements “confirmed” by a third party – preferably their line manager.
The NMC has previously highlighted the role of employers in preparing for the new system so that they provide support for staff going through the process.
However, results from our annual survey of nearly 1,000 nurses suggest some employers are currently lagging on this key area.
Around 30% of respondents said their employer had so far provided no support for revalidation and similar percentage said their employer had put in place some support but that they “could do more”.
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In contrast, 22% said their employer had already put in place an “adequate” level of support and 8% rated the support available as “excellent”.
Overall, the overwhelming majority of nurses had heard of the new system of checks, which they will have to complete every three years to remain on the register.
Just over half of respondents said they were “fairly aware” of revalidation and considered themselves to be “on the way to being ready” for its introduction.
In addition, 18% said they “very aware and were definitely ready”, while 22% said they were “slightly aware”, having heard of revalidation “but that’s all”. Only 2% said they were not aware of it.
When asked how they viewed the introduction of the system, 51% said it would be good for patient safety, the status of nursing or both. A further 25% thought it would have no impact on either factors, while just 5% thought it would have a detrimental effect.
- Look out for more exclusive stories from our annual survey during the rest of the week.
The survey of 950 Nursing Times readers was carried out between 23 November and 11 December 2015.