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Supporting nurses and the nursing profession to deliver the standards set out in the revised code

Howard Catton Director of Policy at The Royal College of Nursing spoke at today’s NMC Revised Code of Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives conference on:

  • how do we change culture and attitudes to the code: how do we move from just using it for disciplinary purposes?
  • professionalism in nursing: challenges and issues
  • moving forward

Howard Catton’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In his presentation he covered:

The purpose of revalidation

  • 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

Professionalism in nursing: issues and challenges: the role of appraisal

  • A ‘good’ appraisal, when used for revalidation, should include three distinct elements: 
    • Discussion about performance in the job/role (NOT for revalidation purposes)
    • Professional development discussion (reflecting on feedback, learning and development and practise in relation to the Code with another NMC registrant)
    • Confirmation
  • In such cases it is important to separate the discussion about a registrants’ performance in employment from the discussion about revalidation

Moving forward: preparing for revalidation

  • Find out when you will need to revalidate and what you need to do – Register with NMC online and find out when you are due to revalidate and familiarise yourself with the requirements and process
  • Start thinking about revalidation now – how do you stay up to date? Are you meeting with colleagues to discuss practise and development? Are you getting enough of the right CPD? Who might act as your ‘confirmer’?
  • Speak to colleagues – identify gaps in your development, areas for improvement and discuss development issues with managers and staff
  • Get organised – ensure that you have a clear record of courses, learning and development; keep a note of feedback and how it has informed your practise;     as well as your reflections on the Code, practise and learning
  • Get to know the new Code – familiarise yourself with the new NMC Code and practice using it to reflect on your development, learning and work

Future conferences of interest:

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

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation: Implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
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

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

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


Download: howard-catton_1029.pdf

19 May 2015


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