First month of full nurse revalidation considered a ‘major success’
May 9 2016
Last month’s introduction of revalidation for nurses has not led to any loss of registrants from the profession, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has said.
Data from the first month of the new nurse revalidation scheme shows 90.48% of those due to revalidate have successfully renewed their registration through revalidation.
In April, 14,362 nurses of the 15,873 due to revalidate did so, while 1,401 have left the register. This proportion is “in line with the number of registrants we would normally expect to leave the register in any given April,” said the NMC. A further 106 applications have been granted an extension or are subject to additional NMC checks.
Changes to the re-registration requirement was brought in across the nursing profession from April, prompted by a key recommendation from the Francis report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. It means that the UK’s 692,000 nurses and midwives “now have to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way.”
NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said there had been “overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who have gone through the process, with nurses and midwives telling us that they find it realistic, achievable and beneficial.
“Importantly, statistics from the first month show that there has been no increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving the register. This is contrary to concerns that revalidation might cause great numbers of registrants to leave. In fact, our register has seen a net increase of 31,000 people over the past six years.”
Marcela Elkin, a practice nurse who works in a GP surgery as well as some band 5 shifts in A&E, was the first person on the register to revalidate. “Revalidation is the best thing that could have happened to nurses. It encourages them to push and be a bit braver. It will give nurses the power to say, ‘This is what needs to be done’,” she said.