A holistic approach to revalidation
Despite nurses’ concerns, Emma Vincent argues that the move to a new model will produce positive outcomes
Despite nurses’ concerns, Emma Vincent argues that the move to a new model will produce positive outcomes.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is expected to launch revalidation for nurses this month.
The reaction to this development has been mixed. The NMC believes that, through revalidation, nurses ‘will provide fuller, richer evidence of a continued ability to practice safely and effectively’. Many community nurses have, however, expressed anxiety about their lack of information and support.
In a survey of 1,100 community nurses, carried out by the Unite/Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA 2015), less than half (48%) believed that revalidation will improve public confidence in patient care. As few as 27% were confident that they knew what the process of revalidation involved, while 68% thought that they had not been given enough information. Only 37% thought they would be supported by their workplace, with many raising concerns about making extra time around their already busy workloads.
This article was first published in print in Primary Health Care: volume 25, issue 8.