Adapting to change is incredibly important in business. Any business owner will be able to tell you that the way they run their business now, is probably very different to the way they ran it when they first started out. What makes the difference between a successful organisation and an unsuccessful one, is how you manage change.
If you’re one of the 680,000 registered Nurses or Midwives, then there is a pretty major change on the horizon from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). As of April 2016, the way in which Nurses and Midwives revalidate has been given an overhaul, but the overriding message from the NMC is “Don’t panic”.
As part of the introduction to the new process, there is a number of resources available on the NMC’s website, available to employers to help prepare their Nurses for the start of the Revalidation cycle in April 2016. I will include the links for these resources towards the end of this blog. But there are a few things you should be doing right now that is going to make that transition in April much easier for everyone:
- Communicate the Changes – Are all of your staff aware of exactly what has changed? Perhaps put together a simple fact sheet highlighting the guidelines set out by the NMC?
- Plan and Prepare – It’s important to decide who the confirmers are within the organisation, and communicate that to your Nurses, highlighting the responsibilities of each of those confirmers.
- Work with the Nurses to allocate appropriate individuals to have reflective discussions with, and communicate this across the organisation.
- Encourage staff to register with the NMC so they receive updates and regular information to aid them with their revalidation.
- Make sure your Nurses have access to relevant IT resources, in case they can’t access computers from home.
- Perhaps organise a few workshops and communicate material provided by the NMC?
Please visit the NMC website for help with Revalidation, follow the link here: http://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/revalidation/how-to-revalidate