Nurses need protected time to carry out CPD

Nurses may fall at revalidation's first hurdle without CPD support

Nurses have raised concerns about their ability to meet the continuing professional development requirements of revalidation, an exclusive RCNi investigation reveals.


Almost two thirds (65%) of the 2,909 nurses who responded to our survey express concern about being able to complete 35 hours of CPD over three years, as the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new process demands. Of those, 22% describe themselves as ‘very’ or ‘extremely concerned’.

A total of 1,096 (38%) nurses say their employer gives them no time at all to do CPD activities, while 319 (11%) say they do not manage to complete any CPD hours over the course of a year. Notably, 81% express a clear need for protected time to carry out CPD.In contrast, three quarters (78%) of those surveyed say they can always access mandatory training at their organisation, revealing that the accrual of CPD hours for revalidation is perceived as more difficult.

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First published as 'Nurses may fall at revalidation's first hurdle without CPD support' in Nursing Standard, March 30 2016.


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