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Afraid of revalidation? Let us put you at ease

Alison Moore seeks to offer reassurance to nurses working for GPs, agencies, care homes and prisons

Alison Moore seeks to offer reassurance to nurses working for GPs, agencies, care homes and prisons.

Abstract

Nurses outside the larger trusts may have worries about revalidation, such as who to have the reflective discussion with and how they will fulfil the CPD requirements. Evidence from the pilots suggests that these challenges can be overcome surprisingly easily.

Revalidation presents a challenge to all nurses, but those who work in settings that are isolated professionally or geographically have raised particular concerns.

Such nurses are less likely to have access to the same level of support available to staff in most larger NHS organisations.

The good news is that many who have started the process of revalidation have found it easier than they expected.

‘I’m hearing some positive things from people. Once they start the process they have found it a lot less difficult than they thought,’ says RCN head of policy and international affairs Howard Catton.

He is concerned that nurses in these settings who are due to retire may feel it is not worth revalidating.

He points out that revalidation will keep their options open if they want to do part-time work. And adds that the overall feeling about it – even for nurses in more challenging settings – seems positive.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 31

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