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NMC include ‘People Management’ Skills in New Competencies for Nurses

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The NMC plans to develop a new set of competencies for Nurses that include “People Management”, “Cross Sector Care” and “Public Health Promotion” in a clear move that marks the fundamental change that is happening to the Nursing role. 

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “The nature of nursing work is changing fast”. “To meet these challenges, they will need to be prepared with a different set of skills and competencies, focusing on areas such as high quality, cross sector care, people management skills, and public health promotion and it is essential that our pre-registration education standards cater for these”.

“Council has taken the decision to approve further work on defining the skills and competencies of the nurse of the future. This is a substantial piece of work that will involve close collaboration with our stakeholders across the UK”.

Changes are happening rapidly within healthcare; the introduction of the Nursing Associate, removal of the NHS Bursary and the ongoing pay / conditions dispute with junior Doctors.

Many Nurses are afraid these changes mark the move of the Nurses towards a less clinical, more managerial role similar to that of American healthcare providers.

A Nurse from Nottingham commented on the proposed changes “I think I speak for every Nurses in the country when I say I came into Nursing to Nurse – not to people manage!“.

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NMC says Nurses must accept concerns about their practice

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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”

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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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