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NMC Revalidation celebrates its first anniversary

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Nursing and Midwifery Council Revalidation was successfully launched a year ago in April 2016 and they say the feedback has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’.

Since then more than 200,000 nurses and midwives have successfully revalidated, demonstrating that they can deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way.

According to to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with nurses and midwives saying that it is simple, straight-forward and beneficial to their practice.

The NMC continue to update our resources and guidance, taking into account feedback from those who have revalidated and their employers. No change has been made to the model of revalidation.

How to revalidate with the NMC now includes examples of what will, and what will not, count towards a nurse or midwife’s practice hours requirements.

The latest update to the forms and guidance also clarifies that continuing professional development (CPD) is separate and different from everyday learning and we have published guidance on CPD activities as a stand-alone document.

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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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