06 / 1 / 2014 10.48am
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a 12 week statutory formal public consultation on revalidation and the Code.
Revalidation aims to protect the public and increase public confidence in nurses and midwives aswell as enabling nurses and midwives to demonstrate their commitment to professional development.
Revalidation is a process where registered nurses and midwives will demonstrate that they remain fit to practice and adhere to the professional standards set out in the NMC's Code. Nurses and midwives will be expected to revalidate every three years at the point of renewal of registration.
The public consultation is looking at how the principals of revalidation can be applied in different practice and employment settings. The structure and content of the NMC's Code will also be considered.
NHS Employers response
Sue Covill, director of employment services, NHS Employers organisation, comments on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s launch today (6 January 2014) of the first part of a consultation on revalidation and its review of the Code.
“We are looking forward to working with the NMC throughout 2014 and building on the work that has commenced so far.”
“With more than 350,000 nurses and midwives working in the NHS in England, this huge task requires careful consideration as well as engagement with registrants and employers to ensure it is a success. Based on our engagement with employers so far, we know they are keen to contribute to the consultation.
“Getting this right means building on existing processes and ensuring new systems are as streamlined as possible, always with a clear focus on how they benefit patients.
“There’s been a huge focus on recruiting nursing staff who have the right skills and values, however most are already established in their roles and we need great systems to assess and support them too.
Ms Covill said:
For more information please visit the NHS Employers webpage on the NMC revalidation consultation.