The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has approved the new model of revalidation in today’s Council meeting.The Council meeting agreed today that the model of revalidation going forward would be the one that has been piloted since May 2015. This means that from April 2016 any nurses that are due for renewal will have to complete 450 practice hours, 35 hours of CPD, five pieces of practice-related feedback, five written reflective accounts, reflective discussion, professional indemnity insurance and character reflection.
Most of the council members agreed that there was no obvious reason as to why the model for revalidation should not be approved today as there was support from all four countries based on the success of the pilots.
From 18 January 2016 for the first time European trained nurses and midwives wanting to join the register will need to prove that they have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively in the UK. We are not imposing a blanket language test on European trained applicants, but if they are unable to provide sufficient evidence of language skills – such as having trained or worked in an English-speaking country, they will be directed to undertake an English language assessment.UK trained nurses and midwives who have completed our approved pre-registration course will automatically meet the English language requirements.
The number of national bodies that asses performance in the NHS is causing duplication and “unnecessary complexity”, according to a new report from the King’s Fund.The think tank’s review, commissioned by the Department of Health in June, recommends a “radical” simplification of the assessment process and greater alignment.
It says the three national outcomes frameworks – The NHS Outcomes Framework, Public Health Outcomes Framework and Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework – should be consolidated into a “single entity” covering the NHS, public health and social care.
The quality of palliative care offered in the UK has been ranked the best of 80 countries around the world, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).Amongst the reasons for this was the existence of “extensive integration of palliative care into the NHS”, as well as comprehensive national policies, a strong hospice movement, and “deep community engagement” on the issue.
The UK also came first in the previous ‘Quality of Death Index’ five years ago.