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A glimpse at future nurse workforce strategy

A letter signed by Baroness Dido Harding and Julian Hartley, who are both responsible for the development of the NHS workforce implementation plan has warned nursing shortages in England are “unlikely to improve”.

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NMC fitness to practise: a new approach

The NMC have launched their new fitness to practise strategy.  They claim this will be a move from a blame culture to a just culture.  Whilst some of the proposals should allow issues to be dealt with a local level much of their strategy relies upon...

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NMC Revalidation

The new process of revalidation with the NMC for nurses and midwives is now almost one year on with many nurses having successfully completed the process but many yet to do so. Revalidation replaced PREP requirements and is the process that allows you to maintain your...

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NMC Consultation on the Fitness to Practise Process

The NMC have just completed their consultation on changes to the current fitness to practise legislation. The NMC’s plan is to resolve cases more quickly taking only the most serious of cases to a hearing. At the present time the NMC say they use 80% of their budget...

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Nursing Associates – NMC to Regulate New Role

The NMC have agreed to a request to regulate the new nursing associates role. The NMC strongly believe that the public would expect that any role with nursing in the title should be regulated. The introduction of this new role has been part and parcel of the government’s commitment to strengthening the NHS.

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Voluntary Removal from the NMC Register

Any nurse or midwife when faced with a fitness to practice referral can make an application to be removed from the register. They can do this at any time in the proceedings. Where the nurse or midwife admits that their fitness to practise is impaired and they do not intend to practise in the future the NMC will consider an application by that nurse or midwife to voluntarily remove themselves from the register where it is not in the public interest to have a full hearing.

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NHS under mounting pressure

There is an increasing awareness that the National Health Service is under mounting pressure today as winter pressures on the service are proving to be the most difficult for some years. In fact, according to media reports, more than four in 10 hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of the year as the health service came under increasing pressure.

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I have been referred to the NMC

‘I have been referred to the NMC’ – If you find out that you are going to be the subject of investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you need to be properly informed about the process and it is vital that you act quickly.

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NMC charges

NMC charges have historically been published by the regulator. Irrespective the fact that no hearing had taken place or any finding of truth over an allegation, all the charges involved in the case along with accompanying details would be made publicly available 28 days ahead of the hearing taking place.

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Direct Access Nursing Barristers

Direct Access Nursing Barristers – Nurses and midwives can now directly instruct a barrister without having to go through a solicitor. The role of the barrister remains the same as when they are approached via a solicitor or other intermediaries. Nursing law barristers advise nurses and midwives on their legal status or rights.

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