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NurChat 14/02/17 – The future of Nursing in crisis?

It would seem that fears over a decline in nursing and midwifery students following the removal of the bursary have been realised.  Applications for courses that would have previously attracted the funding entitlement are down by as much as 23% (source: Guardian).

Applications for all university places fell by 5% overall for courses starting in September, but nursing has experienced the most significant drop. This means almost 10,000 new nurses won’t be graduating in summer 2020 (source: RCN). In addition, it’s estimated that half of the nursing workforce will become eligible for retirement that year.

This also comes at a time when the number of EU-based nurses moving to the UK appears to have fallen dramatically (source: The Telegraph).

Many are describing the situation as a crisis, and it certainly could be viewed as a ‘perfect storm’ of conditions that threaten a workforce already overburdened and struggling to deliver positive outcomes for their patients. While the Department of Health appear to acknowledge the drop in student applications, they expect numbers will bounce back next year in the same manner as they did the year after student loans were introduced (source: Nursing Times).

But what if that doesn’t happen, and equally, what if it does?

In this #NurChat we’re going to be talking about the future of the nursing profession.

  • What are some of the fundamental changes that need to happen, not just with education, but across all aspects of our work?
  • How can we help drive those changes?
  • As 1,000 individuals begin a trial as ‘nursing associates’ this year, is there a risk that our nursing skill-set will be diluted?
  • How will patients be affected by changes in the nursing workforce?

Come along on 14th February at our usual time of 8pm (UK) and let’s talk.

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From 2016, all nurses going through the 3 year registration renewal with the NMC will need to evidence that they are working in adherence to The Code.

According to the NMC, “Revalidation is the process that all nurses and midwives will need to engage with to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively throughout their career.” Currently being piloted in several organisations, it’s expected that the requirements will be finalised by October 2015 with the first group to revalidate going through in April 2016.

The aim of the scheme is to improve public protection by ensuring registrants are up to date with current practise. The (provisional) requirements are:

  • 450 practice hours
  • 40 hours of CPD
  • 5 pieces of practice-related feedback
  • 5 reflections and discussion
  • Health and character declaration
  • Professional indemnity arrangement
  • Confirmation from a third party (poss. line manager)

Nurses and Midwives will need to produce evidence to meet each of these requirements, however it’s anticipated that some will struggle. Appraisals may not always happen on an annual basis, and leave to attend the participatory learning is likely to be difficult to obtain.

For all nurses and midwives, revalidation is something we need to be thinking about now. So in this #NurChat, we’ll be asking how prepared are you?

  • Have you ever had your portfolio requested?
  • What does a portfolio look like and how do you maintain it?
  • Has your employer stated how they will be supporting you?
  • Do you think you will struggle to get leave to attend CPD activities?
  • Does feedback happen regularly for you?
  • Do you have a support network of other nurses to discussion your written reflections with?

We are excited to be joined by Dr Katerina Kolyva (@KaterinaKolyva), Director of Continued Practice from the NMC for this chat.

Join in this #NurChat from 8pm UK time on Tuesday 7th July 2015.

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Further reading:

Revalidation The NMC

Revalidation: what nursing staff need to know The RCN