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A series of roadshows on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation process, organised by the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners UK (AOHNP), in association with Kays Medical, has identified key learning points. Diane Romano-Woodward explains.
In early 2015, the AOHNP UK participated in the new NMC revalidation pilot and 27 participants were successful in completing it. It was recognised that there was a need to use this experience in assisting OH practitioners to understand the requirements of the new process.
The perceived issue in OH circles was that there might be more of a tendency to receive negative feedback from patients and others in practice than for nurses in general. This can happen when reports to management may contain contentious advice, such as recommending a return to work when the patient is not fully accepting of this, or a manager perceiving the report as “unhelpful” if it did not support their requirements for management action. Thus, it is possible to practice well and professionally and still receive negative feedback
The other perceived difficulty is that many practitioners are not managed by nurses, but by HR or safety professionals who might not be familiar with practice. Others, such as independent practitioners, have no manager and generally do not have an annual appraisal to use as feedback or to form the basis of a "confirmation" conversation. Revalidation is the process by which nurses renew their registration. It is not a value judgment on fitness to practice and the NMC is quite clear that any such concerns should be raised separately.
The two-hour Revalidation Roadshow has taken place at about 15 locations across the UK.
Basic requirements of revalidation
The NMC now suggests that a portfolio is produced, but it is not a requirement and can form part of an existing professional portfolio. This is provided that the information can be demonstrated easily to the “confirmer”, after which it can be stored in any manner. A big change from the pilot is that no scanned information will be uploaded to the NMC website. Therefore, there is no particular advantage to having a digital portfolio although these are being sold, particularly by the Royal College of Nursing.
Revalidation roadshow outcomes
Anonymous individual feedback was collected at the roadshows. Two questions concerned delegates’ c
Diane Romano Woodward RN RSCPHN-OH BSc M Med Sc. (Occ Health) is occupational health adviser at Sunny Blue Sky Limited and president elect of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners (UK).