Proposals have been put forward that nurses and midwives should undergo three yearly checks. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has also stated that it wants feedback to be given by patients, colleagues and employers. If a nurse or midwife is thought to be below the relevant standard they could be barred from working.
Under the current system, nurses declare themselves as fit to practice and these particular proposals are thought to have been under discussion for years.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has struggled to push ahead with the change and has also experienced a backlog of disciplinary cases. The chief executive of the council said that the system would “enhance public protection and it will give public and patients what they have been looking for”. It is thought that if the recommendations are agreed they will be brought in next year with the checks forming part of an appraisal process.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has stated that roles will be created to oversee the revalidation process. Given the workload that will be created, the possibility of the checks being carried out every five years has also been considered.
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