The Nursing and Midwifery Council has formally approved the introduction of Revalidation for Nurses and Midwives – starting in April of 2016.
The NMC is claiming that the introduction of revalidation is “the significant change to regulation in a decade”.
NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith, said of the new process: “We believe that revalidation will give the public confidence that the people who care for them are continuously striving to improve their practice.”
The message behind this change is clear, professionals must be able to deliver safe and effective care and act in a professional way. Ensuring practicing professionals are inline with their Code of Conduct.
Revalidation is set to begin in April of 2016 with 16,000 Nurses and Midwives completing the process.
Your local trust or employer should have released guidance on how you can prepare for this change.
Want to know your revalidation date? Follow our guide: ‘How to find your Revalidation date‘.
NMC says Nurses must accept concerns about their practice
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.
NMC Chief gets £20,000 pay rise to bring pay into “alignment”
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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