Revamped draft guidelines on revalidation have been released, which include additional information about how the Nursing and Midwifery Council will verify registrants’ portfolios of evidence.
The draft guidance – expected to be approved at an NMC council meeting next week – has been revised following feedback from employers, including
organisations that have piloted the new system of competency checks.
New standards for readmission to the Nursing and Midwifery Council register have been proposed to stop registrants from taking advantage of a loophole that could enable them to avoid revalidation.
If approved, the new rule will mean registrants trying to re-enter the register within six months of their registration expiring will still be required to complete revalidation.
“Concerning” gaps in awareness about the forthcoming system of revalidation have been identified, particularly among junior nurses, following a survey of pilot participants.
Only around a third of the registrants who tested revalidation this summer said they knew a “fair amount” about the new system of competency checks before becoming involved in piloting the process.
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