15 / 10 / 2014 10.12am
Commenting on the announcement by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of the sites which will pilot the revalidation system, Sue Covill, director of employment services at the NHS Employers organisation, said:
"Piloting the proposed model for nursing and midwifery revalidation is critical if we are to ensure its success when it is rolled out.
"NHS organisations in England are keen to be involved at an early stage - revalidation will affect every registered nurse and midwife and every employer who employs them, so we are concerned with the small number of pilot sites selected and the timeframe proposed.
"The pilots provide an opportunity to test, evaluate and cost the proposal in action and then importantly refine the system and process before it is implemented in the 268 NHS provider organisations in England who collectively employ 311,000 registered nurses and midwives.
"Having only five NHS organisations take part, from across all parts of the UK, restricts the ability to extract and share learning and build momentum across the system - all of which are essential ingredients for a successful rollout of revalidation.
"We are pleased to see that further sites are to be announced next month to ensure that the pilots cover all settings and circumstances in which registrants practice but we would urge the NMC to consider extending the number of NHS pilots and we would be happy to facilitate discussions with employers for this to happen quickly."
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