New revalidation guidance for nurses and midwives now available

New guidance for nurses and midwives is now available ahead of the introduction of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) new rules on revalidation which come into force from April 2016.

The new rules will affect all nurses and midwives working in the UK.

Nurses and midwives can discover how the process is changing, and why, by downloading a set of FAQs from the NMC website.

The FAQs are designed to answer concerns you may have, such as: (i) why is the NMC introducing revalidation?; (ii) what sort of activities count as CPD?; (iii) what will I have to do to revalidate?; (iv) who will approve my revalidation?; and (v) how will the NMC check that revalidation requirements have been fulfilled?

Further guidance will be provided at a one-day conference on revalidation, hosted by the Nursing Times and the NMC, at the Montcalm Hotel in London on 13 November.

Scheduled attendees at the conference include Jackie Smith, chief executive of the NMC.

The revalidation FAQs, as well as more conference information, is available on the Nursing Times website.

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Doctors requested to help shape the future of revalidation

A major evaluative research study into the regulatory impacts of medical revalidation has been commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The study involves almost 160,000 licensed doctors who will be asked to undertake a survey about the revalidation process to help researchers assess where improvements need to be made.

The evaluation is being overseen by a UK-wide collaboration of researchers (known as UMbRELLA). The GMC/UMbRELLA collaboration was set-up specifically to undertake the independent evaluation of medical evaluation.

Following the survey, there will be interviews with senior NHS staff as well as feedback from patients.

Doctors not invited to take part in the survey include trainee doctors, those who are provisionally registered and those who do not hold a licence with the GMC. Doctors in foundation or specialty training go through a different revalidation process to fully licensed practitioners. They will be asked to give their opinions on revalidation through the National Training Survey.

The findings of the research are expected to be published in 2018.

More information about the revalidation evaluation survey can be obtained on the UMbRELLA website.



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