To summarise, from 2016, the way in which nurses and midwives re-register or renew their registration to practise will change under a system known as revalidation. The nursing regulator, NMC, is proposing that the first nurses and midwives to revalidate will be those with a renewal date in April 2016.
Revalidation exists to: ‘improve public protection by ensuring individuals continue to ‘remain fit to practise in line with the requirements of professional registration, throughout their career’. Revalidation has different requirements from the old system of re-registration (known as PREP). Nurses and midwives must now seek regular feedback from service users and colleagues, reflect on their Code of Conduct (professional standards and behaviour¬), and gain third-party confirmation that the necessary revalidation requirements have been met.
Responsibility for maintaining professional registration lies with the nurse, however, MBi Social Care, as responsible employers, will give support and encouragement to help prepare staff for their portfolio development and revalidation requirements, and will offer dedicated, paid time and space for our nurse employees to achieve their ongoing requirements. Registered care home managers, deputies and nurses will also be able to seek advice and guidance from Eileen Crawford, Group Nursing Officer.
We value the contribution our nurses make to the safe, smooth, and successful operation of our homes, and we have a working plan in place to support their confidence and competence throughout the process, and to prepare them with everything necessary for a successful revalidation.
We also provide highly competitive packages for nurses at our facilities, that include: excellent hourly rates of pay, the cost of nursing registration, indemnity insurance, free uniforms, flexible hours, paid breaks, complimentary meals on duty, free training and professional development, and an on-site learning station. All nurses are invited to attend MBi Social Care revalidation workshops and conferences, and they can access these through their line manager, and through regular viewing of our website and in-house newsletters.
We believe that an employee who feels valued adds value. Feedback is a two-way process, and we welcome feedback from our nurses and other employees as to what we can do to improve working conditions at MBi facilities, ensuring staff are at their optimum performance levels and professionalism at all times.
All of our locations use an adapted triangle of care model, are person-focused, and aspire to excellence.
To find out more about revalidation, visit: http://revalidation.nmc.org.uk