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CPD hours required for revalidation likely to fall from 40 to 35

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to discuss reducing the number of hours of continuing professional development required by its new system of checks to remain on the register every three years.

The NMC’s draft guidance released earlier this year stipulated registrants would be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of CPD as part of its new revalidation system – which is due to replace post-registration education and practice (PREP).

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But Nursing Times has been told the NMC council will be recommended to reduce the CPD requirement in the final version of the guidance that will be agreed next week.

NMC council members will now be asked to approve a figure of 35 hours of CPD in the three years leading up to registration renewal – the same requirement as the current PREP system.

The expected change in requirement from the draft follows feedback from organisations piloting the new system of checks, according to the NMC.

“We have always said the whole purpose of piloting revalidation was to listen to feedback”

Jackie Smith

Nursing Times understands there was a suggestion that trusts were concerned about the additional cost involved of increasing CPD from 35 to 40 hours, though the NMC would not confirm this.

NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith told Nursing Times the proposed change was the result of pilot organisations questioning whether there was evidence to show the benefit of raising the minimum number of hours from 35.

She said: “What’s been suggested to us – and I think quite rightly – is the NMC proposed 40 hours of CPD, and what’s the evidence for increasing it?

“That’s a fair challenge. We have always said the whole purpose of piloting revalidation was to listen to feedback,” she added.

“It would seem to be a sensible consideration to ask the council whether the model should stick with the original 35 hours, bearing in mind that is part of PREP anyway,” said Ms Smith.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith

A key finding from independent analysis of the pilots, as well as other organisations’ preparation for the new system, suggested the highest one-off cost for revalidation was expected to be from providing CPD support.

Findings from the analysis, due to be published in council papers on Thursday, stated that it was “in particular driven by supporting participatory learning”.

“What’s been put to us is: what is the evidence for increasing from 35 hours to 40,” said Ms Smith, when asked by Nursing Times if the recommendation to council not to increase CPD hours was a result of organisations reporting high costs for supporting registrants.

She suggested employers were “losing sight” of the fact that 35 hours was “already expected” under PREP.

“It would be interesting to talk to organisations about the fact registrants are not doing what they should be doing now,” she said.

Meanwhile, a requirement for at least 20 of the 35 CPD hours to comprise participatory learning is expected to remain the same as in the draft version of the NMC’s revalidation guidance.

The NMC council will vote on proposed changes to revalidation next week, when it will also decide whether to launch the new system in April as planned.

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  • Most Nurses work long and stressful shifts. There are more caring and accountable nurses out there than non caring and uncountable.
    Sadly we are all lumped in together. So let's add more stress on to the on going day to day pressures of hard working careing nurses. That will be the NMC!
    Off course we need some governing body. Let the NMC represent the public. Let's get a body to represent us. I don't mean a Union. NMC are making it harder and more stresfull for all the hard working Uk trained nurses. We been a movement that represents us!

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  • Well that PREP was a total waste of time! The nurses I knew never did the required hours of whatever they were supposed to do and were never checked up on by the NMC. I expect revalidation will turn into the same sort of nebulous nonsense! Time will tell.......

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  • michael stone

    '“It would be interesting to talk to organisations about the fact registrants are not doing what they should be doing now,” she said.'

    I feel sure it would.

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  • If true I think this is rather sad. If nurses cant be supported to have 2 days a year for CPD then I think the profession has to ask itself serious questions about its commitment to evidence based practice and what this means for the patients we care for.

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  • A reply to Anonymous 29th 7.34 pm

    We tried in Wales - it was called the Welsh Nursing Academy ( note "Nursing" rather than Nurses). It was in answer to our Chief Nurse Marion Bull who had set a nursing strategy in motion in the nineties. However, despite opposition we did manage to set it up in 2005.
    However, there was still so much opposition to this and any nurse who wished to engage with its practice and evidenced based remit was in the minority.
    We presented some initial seminars but our final subject of Seminars which occurred during my term as President was about the status quo of nursing practice and the older person. These were extremely well attended and supported by many including the media. We produced a position statement on nursing Practice and the older person as our legacy as due to a continuing lack of engagement from nurses we took the decision to close and move our older person nursing group to STTI upsilon-xi Chapter where you can find the Position Statrment - http://bit.ly/1Le9LUe
    STTI is your best bet for a clear professional focus ( it is not a Union) - there are two branches based in UK. Sadly there is still little engagement or sharing good practice from nurses about this subject area and although we hoped that our Position Statement in 2012 would be the catalyst for a Nursing Policy on Ageing and working with the older person in line with the Strategy for Older People in Wales this has not materialised. I am now retired having spent a lifetime in nursing trying to address the real nursing knowledge that underpins the real nursing values of care, kindness and compassion. We need others now still working to take on the mantle.

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  • Personally, I welcome the 40 hours, it ensures we have the opportunity to be current and relevant in our roles. Revalidation is protecting our profession, I agree we are overworked and underpaid, but we should support a process to remain professionals.

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  • Revalidation is a joke. It takes the onus of nursing profession and practice from nurses and gives employers total control over nurses. There won't be any more whistleblowing once nurses employers start being responsible for signing nurses as fit to practice. This is a blow to the profession, but mostly to patients and as per usual, nurses are too busy fighting each other for scraps rather than collectively standing up for patients.

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  • A reply to Anonymous 29th 7.34 pm

    We tried in Wales - it was called the Welsh Nursing Academy ( note "Nursing" rather than Nurses). It was in answer to our Chief Nurse Marion Bull who had set a nursing strategy in motion in the nineties. However, despite opposition we did manage to set it up in 2005.
    However, there was still so much opposition to this and any nurse who wished to engage with its practice and evidenced based remit was in the minority.
    We presented some initial seminars but our final subject of Seminars which occurred during my term as President was about the status quo of nursing practice and the older person. These were extremely well attended and supported by many including the media. We produced a position statement on nursing Practice and the older person as our legacy as due to a continuing lack of engagement from nurses we took the decision to close and move our older person nursing group to STTI upsilon-xi Chapter where you can find the Position Statrment - http://bit.ly/1Le9LUe
    STTI is your best bet for a clear professional focus ( it is not a Union) - there are two branches based in UK. Sadly there is still little engagement or sharing good practice from nurses about this subject area and although we hoped that our Position Statement in 2012 would be the catalyst for a Nursing Policy on Ageing and working with the older person in line with the Strategy for Older People in Wales this has not materialised. I am now retired having spent a lifetime in nursing trying to address the real nursing knowledge that underpins the real nursing values of care, kindness and compassion. We need others now still working to take on the mantle.

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  • why only nurses and doctors? how come no other profession has all this ?

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  • My employer will not be in charge of my revalidation I will

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