We are committed to developing and implementing an effective system of revalidation for nurses and midwives

What is revalidation?

We are proposing new requirements that nurses and midwives must meet when they renew their registration every three years.

Revalidation will replace the post-registration education and practice (Prep) standards from 31 December 2015. Revalidation aims to improve upon the Prep system by setting new requirements for nurses and midwives.

Under revalidation, nurses and midwives will be required to declare they have:

  • met the requirements for practice hours and continuing professional development (CPD)
  • reflected on their practice, based on the requirements of the Code, using feedback from service users, patients, relatives, colleagues and others
  • received confirmation from a third party.

Unless selected for audit, a nurse or midwife will not need to submit their collected revalidation evidence. .

The proposed revalidation model has been developed in line with our current legislative framework. It will also replace the existing three-year renewal cycle and the notification of practice form.

Who does revalidation apply to?

All nurses and midwives will need to comply, so nursing and midwifery students who qualify after December 2015 will need to understand the new requirements. Nurses and midwives who do not comply will no longer be registered.

When will revalidation start?

All nurses and midwives renewing their registration on or after 31 December 2015 will need to comply with the new system.

How is revalidation being developed?

We have published an evidence review [PDF] based on the consultation findings. In December 2014 our Council will consider a draft revalidation policy for piloting. Starting in January 2015, we will start the revalidation pilots.

Leading up to this, we completed a six-month public consultation in August. The consultation involved two online surveys on revalidation and a draft revised Code. The consultation also included workshops and focus groups. Both parts of the consultation were run by independent companies.

In conjunction with the consultation, we held five stakeholder summits and other engagement activities across the four UK countries.  Attendees consisted of nurses, midwives, employers, leaders, educators and representatives.

Twitter chats

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.


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