Nurses and midwives are to undergo checks every three years under new plans drawn up in the wake of the Mid-Staffs scandal.

NHS watchdogs said the reforms, due to be announced tomorrow, will constitute the “biggest change in the history of regulation” of nurses, ensuring poor standards are no longer tolerated.

The rules mean nurses will have to provide evidence to show they are skilled and compassionate – including feedback from patients, bosses and fellow staff.

“The public would not expect someone to sit on a professional register for 30 or 40 years without some sorts of checks on their practice”

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive

Until now, such workers have been able to declare themselves as fit for work without any information from third parties to back their claims.

The changes are one of the key recommendations from the public inquiry into Mid-Staffs, where hundreds of patients died amid appalling failings in care.

Under the new system, run by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) nurses will have to demonstrate that their professional skills are up to date, and they have undertaken regular training.

The watchdog’s council is expected to approve the new system tomorrow, meaning that more than 680,000 nurses and midwives will be expected to undergo the checks.

Nurses on a hospital wardNurses on a hospital ward Photo: Alamy

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive, told The Daily Telegraph: “Nurses and midwives will have to demonstrate that they are fulfilling the values of our code of conduct – treating patients with kindness, respect and compassion.”

She said the inclusion of views from patients was an important part of the plans.

“Where it’s possible we will want to see patients’ feedback – it could be letters, or satisfaction surveys, as well as from staff and line managers,” she said.

Sir Robert Francis QC called for the system of “revalidation” two and a half years ago, in his public inquiry into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation trust.

 Robert Francis : 'I reported my concerns but was just given the brush off' - NHS whistleblowers tell of being ignored and marginalisedSir Robert Francis Photo: PA

But it has been dogged by delays, amid criticism of whether the watchdog was up to the job of taking it on.

Ms Smith said the overhaul was radical, but long overdue.

“I think this is the biggest change to the regulation of nurses and midwives in their history,” she said.

The public might be shocked that nurses and midwives are currently able to practice without such checks, she said.

Currently, staff only have to provide a self-assessment of their skills, with no verification by third parties.

“I think the public will say ‘it’s about time,'’ she said. “I think quite a lot of people would be surprised that this is not happening already.”

“The public would not expect someone to sit on a professional register for 30 or 40 years without some sorts of checks on their practice,” she said.

The NMC chief said the failings at Mid Staffs, and at maternity services run by Morecambe Bay Foundation trust , where midwives were accused of colluding to cover up failings behind baby deaths, were key triggers for the reforms.

“There have been a number of scandals - Mid Staffs and Morecambe Bay - which have focussed the spotlight on poor behaviour,” she said.

However she said the vast majority of nurses and midwives were aiming to do their best for patients, and would welcome the chance to demonstrate their skills.

“We see this as a tool to help improvement, not something to beat nurses or midwives over the head with,” she said.

Once the council has approved such changes, nurses and midwives will have to undergo the process every three years, starting in April, with the first tranche of almost 16,000 workers.

Source: Telegraph UK

Comments

You need to be a member to comment. Sign in or Sign up for an account
Dave Hall

I just say guys your post gives us really great information... You have done really well work. Your blog is really interesting and inspiration to many. I'll be looking forward for more of your posts. Keep it up! Thanks for share.. At the end my request is please share with some more great post in the future.. If you are looking for writing help visit this best essay writing service, you can get better help from the professional writers here.

Dave Hall

I just say guys your post gives us really great information... You have done really well work. Your blog is really interesting and inspiration to many. I'll be looking forward for more of your posts. Keep it up! Thanks for share.. At the end my request is please share with some more great post in the future.. If you are looking for writing help visit this best essay writing service, you can get better help from the professional writers here.

Ref: http://www.essayscouncil.com/

RGV Gopal

Directorate of Government Examinations is an independent department functioning under ministry of secondary education, Government of Andhra Pradesh.AP 10th Class results 2017DGE’s office conducts SSC/OSSC examinations twice in a year. This is the major examination with a registration of 6.52 lakh candidates for Annual (March -2015) examinations and 0.75 lakh candidates for Advanced Supplementary Examinations(May / June -2015)Ap 10th class results name wiseThis is the major examination with a registration of 6.52 lakh candidates for Annualap 10th class result 2017

Amurth Raj

Extra payment refund: All excess payments received from GATE 2017 candidates have been refunded to their respective bank account/card from Gate Answer Key

Gate Answer Key 2017, Gate 2017 Answer Key, Gate Answer Key Made easy, Gate Answer Key ace, Gate 2017 Answer Key ace, Gate Answer Key Gateforum, Gate 2017 Answer Key gateforum, Gate Answer Key of 2017where payments were done by the candidate. Candidates who have not received the same may send an email with details of Candidate Roll Number, Gate Answer Key Mechanical

Gate Answer Key mechanical 2017, Gate Answer Key for mechanical, Gate Answer Key civil, Gate Answer Key civil 2017, Gate Answer Key for civil, Gate Answer Key ece, Gate Answer Key ece 2017, Gate Answer Key eee, Gate Answer Key eee 2017, Gate Answer Key ee, Gate Answer Key cse, Gate Answer Key cse 2017 payment ID and Bank Reference No. and amount to with email subject EXTRA PAYMENT REFUND REQUEST. Gate Answer Key by ace, Gate Answer Key by made easy, Gate Answer Key by iit kanpur, Gate Answer Key by gateforum Before sending such requests, the candidates are advised to verify their bank/card statement to ascertain the same. Gate Answer Key pdf, Gate Answer Key pdf download, Gate Answer Key download, Gate Answer Key download 2017, Gate 2017 Answer Key download, Gate 2017 Answer Key with question, Gate 2017 Answer Key with solution.

Kuntal Banerejee

https://waytoinvesting.com/rakesh-jhunjhunwala-portfolio-holdings/

Kuntal Banerejee

Know the portfolio holdings of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala here:

https://waytoinvesting.com/rakesh-jhunjhunwala-portfolio-holdings/

Angel Smith

This is a wonderful article, So much info given in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website

Call Girls Vasant Kunj

Angel Smith

This is a wonderful article, So much info given in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website

Call Girls Vasant Kunj

Edna Baron

It is a quite nicely presented thought and it discusses about nurses and written in a very interesting manner. I have seen some health realted posts in your site. Each post shares very relevant information.

https://sites.google.com/site/bestessaywritingservicereview/

Stephen Devasya

Thanku so much for your great informations.i really very happy to read this blog. it include informations are very useful and interesting for me. i hope you for more useful blogs. as a college staff.for more about our college include our site. top colleges in india

Wedding Photography

Nursing is a very good profession and it is different from all others.It has great scope in the coming years and it is expanding.They are treating the patients and it is actually caring the diseased patients.wedding photographyKerala and the team like and totally like your post so much.

Wedding Photography

Nursing is a very good profession and it is different from all others.It has great scope in the coming years and it is expanding.They are treating the patients and it is actually caring the diseased patients.wedding photographyKerala and the team like and totally like your post so much.

Wedding Photography

Nursing is a very good profession and it is different from all others.It has great scope in the coming years and it is expanding.They are treating the patients and it is actually caring the diseased patients.wedding photographyKerala and the team like and totally like your post so much.

Wedding Photography

Nursing is a very good profession and it is different from all others.It has great scope in the coming years and it is expanding.They are treating the patients and it is actually caring the diseased patients.wedding photographyKerala and the team like and totally like your post so much.

Kidz Kul

Thank you for such a well written article. It’s full of insightful information and entertaining descriptions. Your point of view is the best among many:

http://wordcookies.weebly.com/

https://wordcookiesgame.tumblr.com/

http://wordcookies.blog.fc2.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/hotmailemailhelps/

https://sites.google.com/site/hotmailemaillogin/

Harry Potor

thats a very great idea. so that all the nurses and midwifes are keep updated and willing to accept the change. great information. http://www.bestcontentwriter.in/

Live Feed