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NMC to make it ‘easier and cheaper’ for overseas nurses to register

The changes have been designed to ensure that nursing and midwifery professionals can join the UK workforce as quickly as possible.

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Nurses and midwives wanting to work in the UK will soon find the process easier and cheaper than ever before.

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates applying to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register from overseas are set to find the process easier and cheaper than ever before.

As part of the regulator’s commitment to improving its approach to overseas registration, the latest changes have been designed to offer a more efficient and streamlined experience and help ensure qualified nursing and midwifery professionals can get into practice where they are needed.

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From October the NMC will move from a paper to an online application, confirm qualifications rather than requesting training transcripts, and reduce the cost of the computer-based test (CBT) from £90 to £83

Other changes include a redesigned guidance page on the NMC website, including easy read guidelines and a new pre-application checklist toolkit.

The NMC has seen a significant increase – rising from 2,720 last year to 6,157 in March this year – in the number of nurses and midwives joining the register for the first time from outside of the EU.

‘We have listened to feedback’.

The NMC say they are making these changes to ensure that highly-skilled nursing and midwifery professionals can join the UK workforce as quickly as possible in order to carry out their role of delivering better, safer care for people using health and care services.

Emma Broadbent, Director of Registration and Revalidation at the NMC, said: “We have listened to people’s feedback and I’m pleased to announce that future nurses, midwives and nursing associates from abroad will benefit from this improved process.

“We want to make sure that those who meet our requirements are able to join our register as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are hopeful that by simplifying the application process, and further reducing the computer based test cost, we will continue to make the UK an attractive option for those coming from abroad.

“This is another example of how the NMC is committed to positively addressing nursing and midwifery shortages that exist in health services, adult social care services and within local communities across the UK.”

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Nurse fraudulently claimed more than £10,000 in unworked overtime

Over £10,000 was paid in overtime they did not work.

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The nurse repaid “all but some of the £10,500” by working as an agency nurse.

A registered nurse who fraudulently claimed over £10,000 in overtime has been struck off.

Diane Hyde made the fraudulent claims, totalling £10,462, between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2016 while working as a Band 7 Registered Nurse at Ellesmere Port Hospital in Merseyside.

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Following a guilty plea, Ms Hyde was convicted of “dishonestly” and “making false representation to make gain” in November 2018.

At the time of sentencing, it was noted that Mrs Hyde had repaid “all but some of the £10,500” by working as an agency nurse.

She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months during which she was required to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £1,000 towards the cost of the prosecution and a victim surcharge of £140.

Interim suspension order.

Ms Hyde decided not to attend a subsequent hearing before a panel of the NMC’s Fitness to Practise Committee and indicated to the regulator that she no longer wishes to practise.

The disciplinary panel, therefore, concluded there was no evidence Ms Hyde “understood the impact that her conviction has had on not only the reputation of the nursing profession but also her colleagues and the public”.

An interim 18-month suspension order was applied allowing time for Ms Hyde to appeal.

If no appeal is lodged Ms Hyde will be permanently removed from the NMC register.

Ellesmere Port Hospital did not respond to a request for comment.

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NMC to shed its ‘negative’ image and move towards a ‘more just, learning culture’

The regulator plans to tackle the “negative perceptions” some nurses and midwives hold.

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The regulator wants to drive forward ‘better, safer care’ and a ‘more just, learning culture’.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has said it wants to tackle the “negative perceptions” some nurses and midwives hold and move towards a more “just culture”.

Since April this year, the regulator has been gathering the views of the public, professionals on the register, partners and staff at the NMC, about the challenges facing nursing and midwifery alongside the things they need to focus on to become a better regulator.

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Five themes were identified; having a dynamic approach to shaping practice, building relationships with the public, strengthening the relationship with professions, sharing research, data and intelligence, and closer collaboration with others

The NMC said the themes reflect the regulators’ ambition to be a progressive, professional regulator that can play a leading role in driving better, safer care and a more just, learning culture.

The regulator has now launched a consultation on its proposed five-year strategy and is asking its registrants to get involved.

Striving for the highest standards.

Since her appointment earlier this year, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, has been determined to drive forward change and promote a more positive image of the regulator.

Ms Sutcliffe said: “Today marks an important milestone for the NMC, and everyone using, delivering and working in nursing and midwifery services across health and social care, who expect and strive for the highest standards of care.

“If we are to play our part in making sure safe, effective and kind care can be delivered, we must continue to improve. That’s why we’re working on a bold plan for 2020 to 2025 that can shape the practice of nurses, midwives and nursing associates to provide the better, safer care we all want to see.

“But we are not there yet. For the next twelve weeks, I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to test, challenge and have their say on our draft vision, themes and priorities for action – and help us agree a shared future direction for 2020 and beyond.”

Identifying solutions.

The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the chance to shape the way the regulator works.

Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: “This is a welcome opportunity to shape the way the NMC regulates the nursing profession, and informs and challenges the health and care system. The potential sharing of data and intelligence alone is hugely important to help improve workforce planning and to identify possible risks to safe and effective patient care”

“It is abundantly clear that there needs to be clear accountability for workforce supply and planning, and a sustained commitment to long-term investment in the workforce.

“The NMC has an important role to play in working together with colleagues across the health and care sector to understand systemic issues impacting on public and patient safety and in identifying solutions.”

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