Unite said that it wants to see the new revalidation system improved to avoid “slipping back” into the current process – post registration education and practise (PREP).
Under PREP, nurses and midwives declare they have met the correct standards and NMC checks 4% of the register for regulation purposes.
Revalidation, which is proposed to come into effect in 2016, will see midwives and nurses reporting to a confirmer, through reflective discussion, who will then declare they have met standards and followed guidelines.
In a revised draft regarding revalidation, it stated the NMC would select a “sample” of midwives and nurses to check the revalidation process has been carried out.
In an article published by the Nursing Times , Unite lead professional officer, Obi Amadi said: “We appreciate that the NMC does not have the resources to check all the registrants’ evidence, but when it does follow-up on a random sample, we want them to definitely check all the evidence with the confirmer or the professional who carried out the registrant’s reflective discussion.
“The reflective discussion is such a key part of the process – to ignore this makes no sense.”
In response to this, an NMC spokesperson ensures that revalidation is “effective, proportionate and achievable.”
“We are surprised that Unite has raised this concern as our draft guidance states clearly that we indeed contact all confirmers during the verification process.”
Today, the NMC will meet to finalise plans for revalidation and if it will be launched in April 2016 as currently planned.
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