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Practice pilots announced for revalidation

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GP practices will be included in the NMC's revalidation pilots, the organisation has announced.

The NMC said it will work with Trusts, CCGs and area teams to identify GP practices to take part in the pilots next year. An NMC spokesperson said that it was aiming for at least two practices in each country and that practice nurses would be involved in piloting revalidation.

The NMC announced the second set of locations, last week, which included GP practices, Birmingham City University, Manchester Central NHS Trust, Unite and associations that represent self-employed nurses. These new organisations will join the six locations announced last month.

Jackie Smith, chief executive of the NMC, said: '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 prove to the NMC that they are fit to practice every three years. These pilots will be used to identify any problems before the model is introduced at the end of 2015.

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