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How offering revalidation support could mean hiring success

Posted by: Tracy Bolan

April 2016 marked the first round of revalidation for nurses and midwives across the entire UK healthcare sector. The programme builds on the existing three-year renewal cycle and aims to ensure that professionals remain fit to work and have up to date skills throughout their careers. As you’ll likely know, the process can be challenging and arduous, however some care and nursing homes are choosing to offer support with revalidation to nurses who need it. Here at Clayton we think this is a good idea and one that should be adopted by more employers across the sector – here’s why.

Revalidation: the ins and outs

Revalidation involves completing 450 practice hours, or 900 if you’re renewing as both a nurse and a midwife. There’s also 35 hours of CPD with 20 hours of participatory learning, five pieces of practice-related feedback, five written reflective accounts, a reflective discussion and a few other pieces of admin. It must also be signed off, usually by a line manager. As you can see, it takes some time to amass all of these factors and for nurses, particularly those who haven’t been through a similar process before, it can be intimidating, especially with the threat of dropping off the register looming over them.

As a result, a number of homes are choosing to offer revalidation support to nurses which provides a huge helping hand in completing the process. These employers recognise that professionals may struggle to complete their day-to-day tasks, let alone the challenging requirements brought on by revalidation and are therefore offering advice and support in tackling the process.

Benefits for the employer

While it would be unfair to label all care and nursing homes with a broad brush, an employer that offers support with revalidation is likely to be seen as more conscientious, supportive and understanding of the challenges of undergoing such a process in an already highly stressful role. In many ways it’s similar to offering learning and development opportunities to employees and highlights that they actually care and are interested in the personal and professional development of their staff.

Homes that aren’t offering this type of support should be asking themselves why not. It not only highlights them as a caring employer, but could also help to tackle the hiring problems that many of these organisations face. The vast majority of homes struggle to recruit in the face of competition from the NHS as it can generally pay more and offer more directly appealing benefits. However, as we’ve discussed recently, these employers need to find creative ways to get around the issue, particularly at a time when the health service is under so much stress from all sides. And offering this type of perk is a potential solution to the problem of attracting nurses to work at these homes. For nurses, the benefits are clear. They save themselves a considerable extra workload that could be better spent improving the quality of patient care that they can deliver. Care and nursing homes, what are you waiting for. Offer revalidation support and you may find you have growing numbers of nurses knocking on your door.

For more tips and insights visit our blog. And if you’re a nurse looking for your next role take a look at the positions we have available. ©michaeljung

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