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Howard Catton speaks at conference on supporting nurses and the nursing profession to deliver effective nursing revalidation

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Howard began his presentation by focusing on the purpose of revalidation including

- For the public: to protect patient safety
- For individual registrants: to support nurses in taking responsibility for their continued professional 
- Development and fitness to practise in the modern healthcare environment
- For the nursing profession: to promote a wider culture in which nurses value working in an environment in which ‘keeping up to date’ and the challenging of poor practice is the norm
- One of multiple levers to improve quality and safety of healthcare

Howard discussed the term MOT for nurses and stated that if this was a term that made nursing revalidation understandable to the general public then he was fine with using it. Howard went on to discuss the level of appraisal currently seen across healthcare organisations, and staff satisfaction with their appraisal process.

Howard said it was vital that we invest in CPD and also emphasised the importance of reflective practice stating that he would like to see more from the NMC on reflection within the appraisal and revalidaton process.

The presentation was concluded by looking at the RCN’s feedback on the Code, areas for revision from the RCNs perspective include delegate, fundementals of care, raising concerns, social media, patient and public expectations, revalidation, cautions, charges and formal complaints, medicines management, leadership and time management, Howard said that

- The new Code should: start from a position of trust in the profession 
- Be based on the RCN Principles of Nursing Practice
- Be clearly structured into domains based on the Principles
- Contain clear and concise expectations
- Not be overly prescriptive
- Be supported by clear guidance on more complex issues
 

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12 September 2014

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