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Big lessons in revalidation from Welsh pilot

Most participants in a huge pilot in Wales coped well with the new system – but for some, it was a struggle. Alison Moore reports

Most participants in a huge pilot in Wales coped well with the new system – but for some, it was a struggle. Alison Moore reports.

Abstract

A huge revalidation pilot at Aneurin Bevan Health Board in Wales – more than 800 staff embarked on the process in February – has delivered important lessons for other organisations and individual registrants about what to expect when they begin the process.

When it comes to revalidation pilots, they don’t come any bigger than the one at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in Wales.

Nearly a quarter of the board’s nurses have now gone through the revalidation process, and the senior nurse on the revalidation team, Carolyn Middleton, is delighted with the uptake.

All nurses who were required to submit their three-yearly notification of practice form in the first nine months of this year were invited to join the pilot. Out of just over 1,000 nurses in this cohort, 888 said they would do so – and 813 of them completed within a relatively tight timescale. Twenty-two of those who said they did not want to take part later changed their mind, and have been able to participate partially.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Big lessons in revalidation' in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 6

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