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East Lancashire leading the way in nurse revalidation

Over the last 12 months the CCG has worked extensively with a range of primary care staff, including practice nurses, practice managers, nursing home staff and hospice nurses.  To consolidate this work and enable staff to support the nurses they work with, the CCG has become the first CCG in the North West of England to hold a Revalidation Train the Trainer Event.

The event, which was attended by almost 50 members of staff, was hosted by the CCG on the requirements of the Revalidation and how they can support staff to implement these effectively. This means staff who attended the event now have the responsibility for cascading this information to staff in their own organisations.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has introduced revalidation for nurses and midwives, from April 2016, which is designed to strengthen the three-yearly registration renewal process and increase professionalism.

Revalidation exists to improve public protection by ensuring individuals continue to remain fit to practice in line with the requirements of professional registration, throughout their career. The revalidation model is based upon how nurses and midwives maintain, develop and improve their practice as outlined in the NMC code of professional practice. Revalidation encourages individuals to seek regular feedback from service users and colleagues, reflect on The Code and seek confirmation from a third party that the necessary requirements have been met.

Catherine Randall, Deputy Chief Nurse at NHS East Lancashire CCG, said: “At the CCG, we are passionate and committed about ‘putting the passion into compassion’, and revalidation strengthens this key value.

Quality and ensuring excellent patient experience should underpin the heart of being a nurse and delivering a safe, effective and excellent experience for those we care for is what we all should strive to do.

Revalidation is not about addressing bad practice but rather to promote good practice across the whole population of nurses and midwives.  We will do all we can to ensure our staff are guided throughout the process.”