02 / 12 / 2015 1.22pm
16,000 nurses and midwives will undergo the first round of revalidation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in April 2016 and there is lots that employers can do to raise awareness and help prepare staff for the process.
The NMC has produced some helpful guidelines and training materials that highlight the types of support employers can provide staff with. While there is no obligation to provide support, it is good practice to effectively support your workforce to demonstrate they meet the requirements for safe and effective patient care.
- Raise awareness and culture - understand how revalidation will affect nurses and midwives, communicate these changes effectively and put in place basic plans to support the process.
- Resources: capacity and capability - assess levels of support needed for staff, ensure line managers can act as confirmers/reflective discussion partners and provide space and time for discussions to take place.
- Systems and processes - identify revalidation renew dates for staff, encourage staff to register for NMC Online, arrange for staff to receive confirmation as part of the appraisal process or alternative, allow access to feedback and ensure they have access to the necessary IT equipment.
- Guidance, tools and support - signpost staff to the NMC website, provide information on who can be a confirmer or reflective discussion partner, review systems to allow for participatory CPD learning, add revalidation requirements into local communications systems and remind your staff of their obligations under the Code and Data Protection legislation.
New training materials
The NMC have also developed a set of training materials designed to be used with nurses and midwives in facilitated workshops to support them to meet the requirements of revalidation. These are available on the NMC website.