Nurses and Midwives to be Subjected to Three Yearly Checks

Nurses and Midwives to be Subjected to Three Yearly Checks

Nurses and midwives in this country could face three-yearly checks from the end of 2015 if a new proposal being put forward is accepted.
The BBC reported that the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) wants to see patients colleagues and employers providing feedback on performance.
Those who receive poor scores and are not up to par could be barred from working as outlined in the plans by the NMC.
Doctors already face a check system which was introduced last year ensuring that they are checked every five years.
The NMC are keen to push this idea forward after being subject to a number of disciplinary cases over the past few years. This comes after the Stafford Hospital scandal furore surrounding the care standards at the Trust.
The proposals drawn up by the NMC’s leadership team will be discussed next week at a regulator’s governing body meeting.
The recommendations are expected to be agreed and if predictions are right then the NMC would launch a consultation at the beginning of next year.
They believe and have stated in the paper that revalidation will promote “greater professionalism” and “improve the quality of care”.
There have been three options put forward and the favourite option is the three-yearly employee checks and feedback.
The NMC feel that feedback from the checks will go towards the process of employee appraisals.
The NMC are aware that the checks could lead to roles being created in order for the checks to be carried out which could be costly.
The board paper notes that the checks may have to be changed to every five years instead of every three to reduce the workload.
The NMC want the system to be in place by the end of 2015 and to let it adapt as it’s introduced.

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