Revalidation support for agency workers
Some agency nurses may feel they are on their own as they get ready for revalidation, but it does not have to be that way
Some agency nurses may feel they are on their own as they get ready for revalidation, but it does not have to be that way. Alison Moore reports.
Revalidation presents particular challenges for agency nurses who work in different settings and may lack support. Enlightened agencies are helping staff to prepare.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council last month voted to approve revalidation, the new process that nurses and midwives will have to undergo every three years to renew their registration.
While all nurses will be affected, the process may feel particularly daunting for agency staff, who do not have a main NHS employer.
Nurses who work full-time for an agency are unlikely to have the resources of an organisation behind them, with an appraisal system and a line manager to support them through the process. Nor are they likely to have a human resources department reminding them when their revalidation is due.
Some agency nurses are concerned that it could be easy for them to fall through the gaps. If they miss the deadline, they risk having to re-register, and will not be able to practise until they have been revalidated.
This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 10