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Nurses to gain formal recognition for enhanced skills

‘Credentialing’ designed to boost career prospects and public confidence

Caroline White

Friday, 28 October 2016

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a new scheme that will formally recognise nurses who have enhanced skills.

"Credentialing" is designed to boost career prospects and public confidence in their nurses’ expertise and skill levels, says the RCN.

The scheme will recognise the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical, leadership, education and research.

It will be open to nurses who can prove they are working at an advanced level, and who practise in the NHS or the independent sector. But membership of the RCN is not a pre-requisite for access to the scheme.

Those who are successfully accredited will receive a badge, certificate, and be included on a register.

There is a cost attached to inclusion on the register, which will require renewal every three years.

"Credentialing" is currently being piloted and will be available widely from spring 2017.

RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies said: “Nursing is constantly developing and changing, and the RCN’s credentialing programme will help the profession to adapt to this and recognise the new, complex roles which are emerging.”

She added: “This programme will use the RCN’s expertise and unparalleled knowledge of the profession to help nurses develop their careers, and give patients and employers confidence in the continuing development of their nursing staff.”

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