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Jon Billings speaks on developing the future nursing workforce

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Jon began his presentation by addressing the rapidly changing healthcare environment, and Jon advised the NMC is changing in order to ensure that its core regulatory functions support the integrity and purpose of the register and thus continue to safeguard the public.

Jon then went on to explore the new strategy that envisages the NMC becoming a regulator that collaborates more widely and uses data and intelligence more effectively to enhance what we do. We are updating the Code, the central set of standards by which all nurses and midwives must abide, to ensure that it meets the needs of contemporary healthcare delivery and practice.

“The new strategy 2015 -2020 is to be signed off in Jan 2015. We are currently working on a new strategy for the nmc for release next year. We need to work in a more cohesive and coherent way to ensure the patients safety . There are four areas for updates - effective regulation,  intelligence (our registered nurses and about them), communications and effective organisations”

The presentation also focused on the introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives by the end of 2015, a proportionate requirement designed to ensure that nurses and midwives remain fit to practise and able to provide effective care on an ongoing basis.

“Although the staffing is not in the remit for to set staffing standards - we do have interstellar in this areas. One of which we have raising concerns guidance which states concerns over resources and staffing should be reported. What we are trying to do is build on the new renewal process and it gives as the opportunity to build on key regulations and appraisals Revalidation - there will be more information coming out during this process and the full implementation will be towards the end of next year.”

“The nm has been working on updating the code and are consulting about this - the final code is still being worked on. The 3 key areas were discussed in the draft code: application, tone and length/relevance. The tone of the code comes across as finger pointing rather than supportive and encouraging - this is a balance we will have to work on. We are aiming to have the new code out by the end of thia year/beginning of next year to coincide with the points for revalidation.”

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24 September 2014

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