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Nursing Times event allays revalidation fears

The Nursing Times Careers Live event took place in London yesterday for the second time ever.

Hosted by the publication, the event was opened by Nursing Times editor, Jenni Middleton, and was followed by seven learning sessions focusing on the key issues affecting nurses in the UK.

Julie Hamilton, head of nursing for revalidation, regulation and education at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust delivered a talk on revalidation which included feedback from a nurse who had successfully completed the revalidation process.

The talk aimed to displace concerns about revalidation which has led to worries that the process may cause older nurses to drop out of the profession and further increase the skills shortage in the profession.

The nurse told delegates that linking reflections into the Code is a challenge, but the process enabled him to spend quality time reflecting on his work with his manager.

Hamilton added that 100 nurses had successfully completed a revalidation pilot trial in April and that nurses who hadn’t yet begun revalidation should register with the NMC to kick start the process. She confirmed that nurses due to retire soon still need to comply if they still want to practise.

Hamilton clarified that those nurses temping through agencies should speak to their agencies as some agencies already have a process in place to deal with revalidation and a ‘confirmer’.

She said, “Don’t panic, it is achievable, possible and enjoyable.”

The event, held at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel in London, also encompassed a careers fair comprising 30 employers who were on hand to talk delegates through potential career opportunities.

Some nurses RI spoke to said they had found it difficult to secure work through agencies, leading them to be concerned about their professional development and working future. One nurse told RI that she believed the government pay caps on agency staff are to blame.

Mike Powers, director of another exhibitor, Avanti Healthcare Professionals, which recruits nurses worldwide to work in the US, said it too had seen a surge in interest from the UK and Europe.

Despite claims that NHS nurses are finding it difficult to secure affordable housing in London, a representative of Dorset County Hospital said although it was aware of increasing interest in vacancies outside of the Capital it had not noted any significant rise in applications.

During the day, in between learning sessions, attendees were also treated to massage and reflexology treatments, alongside a prize draw.

Nursing Times Careers Live events are also taking place in Bristol on 11th June and in Leeds on 15th October.

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