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Professional regulator to determine shape of nurse revalidation

NMC expected to approve model for revalidation next week

Ingrid Torjesen

Friday, 06 September 2013

Nurses and midwives look set to undergo three-yearly revalidation from the end of 2015 under proposals being considered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will meet next week to look at the form revalidation should take.

The NMC’s preferred model is a system of three yearly checks based on a self-declaration by the nurse or midwife that they are fit to practise. This declaration would confirm that 450 hours of practice and 35 hours of continuing professional development have been met, and they had sought patient and colleague feedback on their practice. They will also confirm that they have sought and received third party confirmation that they are fit to practise, usually this will come from their employer.

If the recommendation is agreed by the Council at a meeting next week, a consultation will be conducted next year.

Doctors revalidate every five years and the NMC will consider whether the system for nurses should also be five-yearly in order to reduce workload.

In a document outlining its preferred model, the NMC says: “After implementation, the proposed model will be continually evaluated to inform improvements to the system and assess whether further changes to our legislation are required.”

NMC chief executive Jackie Smith said: “Ensuring that the skills and conduct of nurses and midwives remain up to date throughout their careers is an important area of regulation. Any effective system of revalidation will increase public confidence that nurses and midwives remain capable of safe and effective practice."

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