The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced the first organisations that will help it test out the new system of checks on fitness to practice that are set to be introduced under revalidation.
Revalidation will require nurses to prove they are competent and up to date every three years and will replace the post-registration education and practice (Prep) system from 31 December 2015.
The organisations participating in the pilots are:
- Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
- Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Mersey Care NHS Trust
- NHS Tayside
- Public Health England
- Western Health and Social Care Trust
The NMC said participants were being sought from the nurses and midwives employed by the six organisations to pilot the revalidation model and processes.
“The people who will help us to pilot the system revalidation have an essential role to play in developing this new system”
The pilot sites will help identify any “further ways to refine” the revalidation model, guidance and forms before its introduction to the wider nursing register at the end of 2015.
More pilot organisations, including those in primary care, social care, self-employed settings and the independent sector, will also be announced in future.
Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar, said: “Revalidation is an important system of regular checks to make sure that nurses and midwives are up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers.
“The people who will help us to pilot the system revalidation have an essential role to play in developing this new system, which will be the biggest change to the way nurses and midwives are regulated in decades,” she added.
Eileen Sills, director of nursing at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the NMC has chosen us to be a pilot.
“This is such an important time for the profession and to able to participate in this development will be well received by our staff,” she said.
NHS Tayside nurse director Margaret McGuire added: “I am pleased that NHS Tayside, together with local partners, will be testing the NMC’s proposed model for revalidation on behalf of Scotland.
“I look forward to working with a range of personnel and staff groups to lead this important test which will help inform the future management and regulation of nursing and midwifery registration.”