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Supporting nurses and the nursing profession to deliver effective Nursing Revalidation in Mental Health

Ian Hulatt Mental Health Advisor The Royal College of Nursing spoke at today’s nursing appraisal and revalidation in mental health conference on supporting nurses and the nursing profession to deliver nursing revalidation in mental health including; 

•    The current State of Nursing appraisal in mental Health
•    The role of appraisal I delivering the Francis recommendations
•    Moving forward:changing attitudes, culture , values and behaviour

Examining the issues related to validation and appraisal from the information received from an extensive consultation with RCN members conducted in 2014. I shall also be considering the specific issues related to third party feedback in mental health settings.

In his presentation Ian made the following points:

•    Nurses broadly support revalidation in principle 
•    Wary about the use of appraisals – potential conflicts, barriers and implications of pay settlement.  There must be alternative mechanisms.
•    Realistic and adequate resourcing is needed
•    Fears revalidation will become a ‘box ticking’ exercise, distracting from patient care
•    Third party confirmation must be by a fellow registrant
•    Risk of unintended consequences including nurses leaving the NMC register if CPD requirements are too onerous
•    Concerns about the challenge of maintaining professional accountability and leadership

•    Specific mental health context issues include:
o    Seeking and selecting client feedback
o    Power differential in detention settings
o    Dealing with malicious feedback
o    Secure settings with implications for family contact
o    Perceived reliability of client feedback

Ian's full presentation is available for download at the end of this page. 

Ian Hulatt RGN, RMN, DipN, DipCouns, DipThorn, CertEd (FE), RNT, MSc
Mental Health Adviser, Nursing Department Royal College of Nursing. Initially trained as a general nurse, Ian gained his RMN in 1981. He then worked in Acute Admissions, Management and then spent the majority of his career in education before joining the staff of the RCN as its Mental Health Adviser in June of 2004.

He considers this to be a time when possibly Mental Health Nursing faces not only its biggest challenges, but also opportunities.

Whilst his remit is UK wide, Ian is based in Cardiff at RCN Direct.

Future conferences of interest: 

Safe Staffing: Nursing Staffing Levels and Skillmix
Tuesday 27 January 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Tuesday 10 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Masterclass: Nurses, Midwives and the Law
Thursday 5 March 2015 
BPP University, Waterloo, London


Effective Ward Manager
Monday 16 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Presentation Skills & Public Speaking for Nurses Masterclass
Monday 16 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation
Thursday 26 March 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London


Masterclass: Managing Social Media in Healthcare Environments
Wednesday 6 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: Ian Hulatt full presentation

14 January 2015


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