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3,645 nurses due to revalidate this year left the register instead

Sarah J



3,645 of the Nurses who where expected to revalidate this year have instead given up their Nursing and Midwifery Council registration.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) say the figures are similar to the number Nurses who would usually leave the register in the same time period and say “there is no sign that revalidation has had an adverse effect on the register” since it was brought in from April 2016.

This news reflects previous comments from the NMC that revalidation feedback was “overwhelmingly positive”.

During the first three months of 2018, 48,598 completed their revalidation allowing them to stay on the NMC register and continue practising as a nurse and midwife.

But 3,645 out of 52,243 who were due to renew in that time failed to revalidate and therefore have forfeited their NMC registration and are no longer allowed to practice.

We have put together some tips to help you successfully revalidate;

Many blame the current political climate combined with the new revalidation requirements.

NMC chief executive, Jackie Smith, said “Nurses, midwives and employers continue to praise the programme and are seeing the real benefits that it can bring”.

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NMC says Nurses must accept concerns about their practice

Ian Snug



Legislative changes designed to speed up fitness-to-practice (FtP) cases will only work if Nurses accept concerns about their practice.

Controversial changes including a new measure that will allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council to issue ‘public warnings’ against registrants who have breached professional standards came into force this week, be able to offer informal advise to Nurses for less severe cases and agree restrictions on practice with registrants directly.

The reforms will enable case examiners to resolve issues earlier on in the FtP process and will mean the NMC will only have to take the most serious cases to a full hearing but the NMC boss says this can only happen in Nurses accept concerns about their practice earlier in the process.

This years financial report shows noted a significantly higher spending on fitness to practices cases and part of the new process is to minimise this spending.

Several concerns have been raised that the new system may result in over-use of warnings and the fact they may disadvantage staff when applying for employment.

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NMC Chief gets £20,000 pay rise to bring pay into “alignment”

Sarah J




Jackie Smith, the chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council received a £20,000 pay rise this year.

The Nursing and Midwifery Councils financial reports reveal that its CEO and Registrar, Jackie Smith, received a pay rise of around £20,000 bringing her total basic salary to £192,850 for 2016-2017.

However, Ms Smith final remuneration is expected to be significantly more due to pension benefits and annual leave reimbursements.

In a report from the NMC, the regulator said the pay increase for its chief executive followed a review of its senior salary structure.

The report, which is created by the NMC’s remuneration committee, compares the pay of its own executives with those in similar roles.

In total, the NMC’s executive team was paid £1.2m in 2016-2017.

The report went on to state that the NMC has maintained financial stability and noted a significantly higher spending on fitness to practices cases.

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