BriefingBMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.3a (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3a-7116
The nursing profession's GMC equivalent - the UKCC - has been updating and improving its requirements for nurses' continuing professional development. The new scheme requires nurses to notify the UKCC of their intention to practice after career breaks or changes, which will enable more effective workforce planning, and requires nurses to maintain their registration through the completion of a personal professional profile. In the profile nurses will document their professional experience, self appraisals, and the implementation of action plans devised to address these needs. All nurses who wish to maintain their registration should be maintaining a profile by 1998; formal audit will begin in 2001, though the UKCC begins with the positive assumption that its professionals are honest and keen to be involved in self appraisal and professional development. A booklet outlining the changes titled PREP and you is available free from the UKCC, 23 Portland Place, London W1N 4JT or faxing the publications department on 0171 436 2924.