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Ward Manager Update: Preparing for the revalidation process

Jo Odell Practice Development Facilitator, Patients First Programme at the Foundation of Nursing Studies spoke at today’s Effective Ward Manager conference on:

  • Demonstrating my own learning and development

  • The appraisal process for nurses and how this will feed into revalidation

  • The sign off process and the role of the confirmer

In her presentation Jo stated:

"continuing professional development, 20 of your 35 hours now has to be participatory"

"get into the habit of reflecting on things as and when you do them"

"it's down to you to choose who you want to have your reflective discussion with"

"why reflect? Not just to look back, is to make sense of what happened and get through the emotion of what happened"

"if you are a confirmer you are confirming that you have seen the evidence that the person says they have"

Abstract of Jo Odell’s presentation:

All nurses and midwives will have to revalidate to maintain their registration with the NMC. Taking effect from April 2016, revalidation is straightforward and will help nurses and midwives demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively. The new process replaces the current Prep requirements and nurses and midwives will have to revalidate every three years when they renew their place on the register. Revalidation builds on existing renewal requirements by introducing new elements which encourage nurses and midwives to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ the standards set out within it. This session will give up to date information in relation to the requirements and process for revalidation. It will also offer the opportunity for participants to consider their own revalidation and their role in the revalidation of others.

Overview of session

  • Brief introduction to FoNS’ work with nurse led teams, helping them to develop practice to improve patient care

  • The revalidation requirements and process

  • Demonstrating my own learning and development and the role of reflection

  • How revalidation links to the appraisal process

  • The role of the ward manager in the revalidation of others

Jo Odell’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Jo Odell’s Biography:

Jo qualified in 1985 with a degree in Nursing from the University of the Southbank, London. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings since then, her main clinical experience being in accident and emergency, community hospitals and care of older people. After 15 years in clinical practice Jo progressed into a variety of roles working in either a learning and development or quality team leading on practice development initiatives. Her first opportunity to become involved with practice development was in 2001 when she took part in the Gerontological Nurse Development Programme that was facilitated by the RCN. Subsequently she went on to study for a master’s degree in practice development at the University of Bournemouth. Since then Jo has used the tools and techniques she was introduced to, to structure and change practice with the main emphasis on introducing opportunities for reflection, active learning and exploring creative approaches to understand and change practice. Jo was appointed as a Practice Development Facilitator at FoNS in September 2011 as the lead for the Patients First Programme, where her main role is to facilitate and provide workplace support for nursing teams with their practice development initiatives. She has provided support to over 50 UK based teams in the five years she has been leading on the programme.

Future conferences of interest:

Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Thursday 10 March 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Demonstrating and Expanding Nursing Competence
Friday 11 March 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

In-depth legal masterclass: Informed Consent After Lanarkshire
Tuesday 12 April 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Safe Staffing Summit: Nursing Staffing Levels and Skillmix
Tuesday 12 April 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: jo-odell-fons_1305.pdf

26 January 2016


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