We are committed to developing and implementing an effective system of revalidation for nurses and midwives
What is revalidation?
Revalidation is a process that all nurses and midwives will need to engage with to demonstrate that they are fit to practise throughout their career.
All nurses and midwives are currently required to renew their registration every three years. Revalidation will strengthen the renewal process by increasing professionalism and introducing new requirements that focus on:
- Up-to-date practice and professional development;
- reflection on the professional standards of practice and behaviour as set out in the Code;
- engagement in professional discussions with other registered nurses or midwives.
Revalidation is not about addressing bad practice amongst a small number of nurses and midwives. It’s about promoting good practice across the whole population of nurses and midwives.
When revalidation is introduced it will replace the existing Prep requirements and the notification of practice form.
Why are we introducing revalidation?
The purpose of revalidation is to improve public protection by making sure that nurses and midwives continue to be fit to practise throughout their career.
Our registrants need to stay up to date in their professional practice, develop new skills, keep up to date on standards and understand the changing needs of the public they serve and fellow healthcare professionals with whom they work.
Revalidation will give greater confidence to the public, employers and fellow professionals that nurses and midwives are up to date with their practice.
Who will need to revalidate?
All nurses and midwives will need to revalidate at the point of the renewal of their registration in order to remain on the NMC register.
When will revalidation start?
In October 2015, our Council is expected to give the go-ahead to launch revalidation. From this point, nurses and midwives will need to familiarise themselves with the revalidation requirements and start to develop their portfolio.
Revalidation will build on the requirements that nurses and midwives already need to meet. However, we want to provide a fair and reasonable amount of time for nurses and midwives to familiarise themselves with the revalidation requirements and prepare for their revalidation. We are proposing that the first nurses and midwives to revalidate will be those with a renewal date in April 2016.
We have held a number of Twitter chats for different audiences about the revised Code and revalidation. You can view a summary of them below.
Storify for the Twitter chat on revalidation, held on Thursday 12 February with NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith and Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland (Interim) Fiona McQueen.
Storify for the Twitter chat on the revalidation pilots, held on Thursday 13 November 2014. Eileen Sills, Director of Nursing for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, took part in the chat alongside NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith.
Storify for the Twitter chat for nurses and midwives about revalidation, held on 22 January 2014.
Storify for the Twitter chat we held with Healthwatch on 27 January 2014 about revalidation and public protection.
Storify for the Twitter chat for employers of nurses and midwive on 12 March 2014, about the revalidation consultation.
Storify for Twitter chat on the draft new Code, held on 23 June 2014.
For any comments or queries regarding revalidation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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