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The AOHNP are
working with the NMC on the revalidation process, to ensure that it meets the
needs of nurses working in occupational health. The AOHNP are looking for
volunteers to get involved in the NMC revalidation pilot. If you are a member and are interested
then please complete the short survey attached (password protected) and return it to Christina
Butterworth (email@example.com) by Friday 21st November. The Press Release
from NMC (issued 13 November 2014) follows: Reference number: 46-2014 First nurses and midwives
to pilot the system of revalidation this spring
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has
announced more organisations it will be partnering with to test the system and
processes underpinning revalidation.
Revalidation is a key tool in public protection, which will
help the NMC as the regulator of nurses and midwives to check that the people
on its register are up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers.
Participants are being sought from the nurses and
midwives employed by these organisations to pilot the revalidation model. The
pilot will help identify any ways in which the NMC should refine the model,
guidance and forms before its introduction at the end of 2015.
The organisations and self-employed professionals
participating in the pilots are:
Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
health practitioners through the Association of Occupational Health Nurse
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS
School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee
Self employed nurses through
the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN)
Self employed nurses through
the Private Independent Aesthetic Practices Association (PIAPA)
South West Region Defence Primary
Unite the union
Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar,
“Revalidation is an
important system of regular checks which will make sure that nurses and
midwives are up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers. “The organisations and
individuals we will work with in the coming months will help us to make sure
that revalidation works for all nurses and midwives, no matter what their
practice setting, level of seniority or employment situation.”
Revalidation will require nurses and midwives to
confirm to the NMC that they are up to date and fit to practise every three
years. Nurses and midwives will receive confirmation from a third party that
they continue to practise in accordance with the NMC’s Code and that they have
reflected on feedback from service users, which may include patients,
colleagues or others.
Nurses and midwives who are taking part in the
pilots will go through the online testing between April – June 2015.
Six organisations the NMC is partnering with to
pilot revalidation were announced in October 2014.
NO TIME TO LOSE Campaign
Christina Butterworth, President AOHNP (UK) commented
"Representing 350 occupational health nurse practitioners in
businesses across the UK,
we welcome IOSH’s fresh focus on workplace carcinogenic exposures. It’s vital
that all the different professional disciplines involved in occupational safety
and health management work together to improve standards and outcomes in health
risk management and health surveillance."
Further information on the launch of this campaign, and relevant facts, can be found by clicking the links below.
Changes Following Board Meeting on 25th October 2014
The AOHNP Board held their regular face to face meeting in
London, and as part of the business in hand considered the early results from
the OH Nurse and Technicians survey, in addition to the recent vote on the
The AOHNP has always strived to give OH Nurses their voice and
influence policy and decision makers at the highest level. However, recent
events and the initial survey findings indicate that the Association need to
consider extending their role in a number of areas. To facilitate this, some
restructuring of the Board and how it operates needs to be undertaken.
The meeting was used to revisit the AOHNP from grass roots to
the present day, including the present constitution, what the Association
offers members and how the Board works and communicates with members. A number
of action items have been generated and work has started on key projects, which
are listed below. The usual activities
of the AOHNP will continue in terms of providing occupational health advice to
our members and representing OH nurses on the Council for Work & Health,
the National School of Occupational Health, POOSH and NICE but we are facing a
perfect storm of activity and recognition and we need to act now to protect and
enhance the role of the OH nurse and workplace health.
As part of our review process the following projects have been
kick started and will be further discussed at our AGM and Good Practice Forum
on 20th November:
Charity status - progressing the AOHNP
application, which was put on hold 18 months ago whilst we considered the
future direction of OH nursing. This project will also include the potential
for setting up the AOHNP trading company with profits being passed to the
Website – progressing the development of a new
professional website with additional capabilities for membership payment and
information for practitioners and employers.
Directory of OH Nurses – setting up a database
that provides information on OH nurses experience and qualifications for job
matching and sharing of good practice (subject to the usual data protection
Consultation with professional Regulator –
starting discussions with the NMC regarding the future of the third part of the
Register and potential migration by portfolio.
Indemnity insurance - progressing discussions
with variety of indemnity insurance providers both to provide better
signposting for members and (if possible) negotiate discount for members.
Communication - improving communication to
members by centralising the process and developing a more structured
Revalidation – engaging with the NMC on the
pilot for revalidation in order to support members in getting the most out of
the process, so that we can gain the necessary assurance for the profession and
quality of care for our patients/clients.
OH Nurse and Technician survey - Andy Phillips will be analysing the results
and publishing them in the OH Journal in January 2015.
Training and continual professional development
– updating the list of courses available to OH nurses and technicians. Also
enhancing our offerings by providing links to online training.
Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing –
continuing to work with key stakeholders on the development of a single
organisation that provides the ‘voice’ of OH nursing while providing services
that sustain the profession and professionals working in occupational health
As ever, the AOHNP represents its members, so comments and ideas
are welcomed. As are members who feel they either wish to join the Board, or
assist and have expertise to add without being a Board member. If this is you,
or you just want to chat about the prospect, please either contact your
regional director or our Administrator, Linda.
AOHNP (UK) Scholarships - members don't forget to apply. If you see a course or workshop you would like a scholarship for then just download an application form from the Members Only page.
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