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The Revised Code: How do we make it live and Demonstrating compliance with the revised code of practice.

Eileen Sills DBE Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is an NMC Revalidation Pilot Site discusses The Revised Code: How do we make it “live” and Demonstrating compliance with the revised code of practice at today’s conference. In her presentation Eileen discussed in-depth:

  • the new code: what has changed?
  • putting the code at the heart of nursing and midwifery practise
  • individual and organisational responsibility for ensuring the standards are met
  • the role of the code as the basis for revalidation: how it will work
  • how will an organisation ensure that the nurse or midwife who is revalidating is complying with the revised code?
  • how can we check nurses and midwives continue to meet the NMC standards and the revised code in terms of conduct and competence?
  • developing an appraisal system trust objectives, divisional objectives, ward objectives and linking the individual objectives and roles back into the overall aims
  • our experience and developments as a pilot site

Eileen Sills’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In her presentation Eileen stated: 

"Revalidation of professional practice: the Code is the first step 

  • Read and practice according to the Code from 31 March 2015
  • Undertake CPD and reflective practice
  • Find out when you need to revalidate - This happens every three years"

“The revalidation purpose is absolutely about protecting the public”

“Greater accountability for individual performance and improvement”

“Encouraging managers to ensure their staff are engaging in professional development”

“Encouraging registrants who work in professional isolation to participate in peer networks”

“Greater assurance through third party confirmation"

"First revalidations will start Jan 2016 onwards"

"Revalidation is an organisational responsibility – but there is still a personal responsibility to revalidate"

"Preparing for revalidation – encourage your colleagues to think about it, communicate – 2016 is not far away. Make it part of your process and discuss it."

"Appreciate the benefits – revalidation will increase professionalism"

"We volunteered to be a pilot – The steps we have followed

  • we identified all those due to do their NOP this year and invited them to be part of the pilot
  • designed a process that has been ‘bolted’ onto the annual appraisal
  • reflections are structured under the four domains of the Code"

"CPD is 35 hours at the moment and will go up to 40 hours – if you have done your hours you need to get the hours confirmed."

Eileen Sills Biography:

Eileen Sills trained in Stockport and qualified as a registered nurse in 1983, she held a number of post registration positions within both general and Accident & Emergency Medicine, before moving to London in 1985 where she took up her first senior position as a Sister in a busy A&E department at North Middlesex Hospital. After 3 years she took up a position as a clinical tutor for the ENB Accident & Emergency Course but after 18 months took the decision to return to clinical practice.

Eileen was appointed as a ward sister on a medical ward at North Middlesex in 1990 and within 2 years had developed the ward to become one of the first funded Nursing Development Units in the country, supported by a 3 year grant from the King’s Fund. At the same time Eileen was awarded a Florence Nightingale travel scholarship.  From 1994 Eileen progressed her career taking opportunities to gain experience in both general management and senior nursing leadership positions across a number of hospitals within North London.  This led to her first appointment as a Director of Nursing in 1999 at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, in 2001 she moved to Whipps Cross Hospital as the Director of Nursing and became Deputy Chief Executive in 2003 and following the departure of the CEO acted as Chief Executive before moving to Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 as their Chief Nurse. Within 6 months of her appointment Eileen took on the additional responsibilities of the Director of Clinical Services and in 2007 was appointed as Chief Operating Officer.  Following the substantive appointment of a Chief Operating Officer in 2012, Eileen’s portfolio changed taking on Director of Patient Experience.

Eileen was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Years Honours list for services to nursing, she holds two visiting professorships at King’s College London and London South bank Universities. She is the Chair of the Grant’s Committee for the Burdett Trust.  Eileen has a national reputation for strong, visible, clinical leadership, and her drive to take senior nurses back to the bedside has earned her a national reputation for her clinical Friday’s initiative. In August 2013 Eileen was appointed as the Clinical Director for London’s Strategic Network for Dementia.

In the 2015 Queen’s New Year Honours, Eileen was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to the nursing profession.

Future conferences of interest:

Nurse Prescribing
Tuesday 2 June 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Safe Staffing: Nursing Staffing Levels and Skillmix
Monday 8 June 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Revalidation for Specialist Practice and Advanced Roles
Tuesday 9 June 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Thursday 2 July 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation: Implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Thursday 2 July 2015
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Advancing IV Therapy
Thursday 2 July 2015
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Safe Midwife Staffing in Maternity Settings
Monday 6 July 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Effective Ward Manager
Monday 14 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Tuesday 22 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Eliminating Heel Pressure Ulcers
Thursday 24 September 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Midwife Appraisal and Revalidation
Wednesday 30 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Clinical Audit for Improvement
Wednesday 7 October 2015
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

Nursing Appraisal & Revalidation & Implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Monday 19 October 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nurse Clinics 2015
Thursday 19 November 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

 


Download: Eileen Sills Full Presentation

19 May 2015

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