In April 2016 the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK will bring in new requirements for nurses and midwives maintaining their professional registration. Revalidation will have major implications for all nurses and midwives, and especially for those working in Christian organisations in the UK or in any setting overseas. However, completing the revalidation process is possible in the overseas context provided all the relevant criteria are met. It also makes it much easier for nurses and midwives returning to the UK to take up employment quickly.
Since December 2012, doctors working in the UK have to maintain a licence to practise through the process of revalidation. The licence to practise only applies to the UK and it should be possible to work overseas without maintaining a licence, as long as the registration requirements of the host country are met. The General Medical Council (GMC) advises doctors working wholly overseas to relinquish their licence to practise and restore it again upon return to work in UK. This is a good option for many doctors but it may cause problems for some. It will mean that they cannot work as a locum in UK during time home on leave.
The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) and Parish Nursing Ministries UK (PNMUK) have been working hard on this issue for many months. Global Connections has joined forces with them to continue to monitor the situation, ensure our members are aware of what is going on and find strategies to minimize the possibility of anyone losing their registration.
Please download the last update on the new statutory re-registration for nurses and midwives and an update on doctors’ revalidation from the last meeting in December 2015. Revalidation is all about protecting the public and as such to be warmly welcomed. However the implication for those working overseas or outside the NHS must be understood.
Please also see the NMC guidance on working outside the UK.
Details about the requirements for revalidation are available here.
If you would like to take part in the conversation, please contact Steve Fouch at CMF.