The Nursing & Midwifery Council has opened up a consultation on the future of nursing education. What do you think the Nurse of tomorrow should look like?
From hospitals and schools to care homes and the workplace, over 650,000 nurses deliver high-quality care to millions of people across the UK every week.
Now the nursing regulator – the body responsible for setting standards – wants to hear the views of patients and the public on proposals to radically overhaul nursing education.
With a changing population, more care in the community and advancing technology, care must be delivered differently. Today sees the launch of a vital consultation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) seeking views on a wholesale review of the standards that UK trained nurses will need to meet before they can work as a registered nurse. The views of the public will be vital in helping to shape what nursing will look like in 2030.
Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said: “The health and care landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate and nurses are being asked to undertake more complex roles than ever before. In the coming years many thousands of nurses will join our register, delivering care to millions of people. Our standards must ensure that they are able to work in ways that are not only fit for today, but also for the future.
“The vital role that the nurse plays touches all of us in society. That’s why we not only want to hear from those within the health and care sector but also from the public who will have a key role to play in telling us what they want from the nurse of the future.”
Over the next thirteen weeks the NMC wants to hear from as wide a section of society as possible and will be running a series of events open to anyone who wants to hear more or share their views. We will also be hosting online events, twitter chats and workshops across the four countries of the UK where we will be discussing our plans and listening to views. Anyone can join in the conversation on social media using #nurse2030.
The NMC’s consultation on proposed pre-registration education standards for the future nurse runs from 13 June until 12 September. You can take part here.
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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