The NMC is committed to developing and implementing an effective system of revalidation for nurses and midwives

Revalidation will require every nurse and midwife to confirm that they:

The system of revalidation that we adopt must contribute to our core regulatory purpose which is public protection. We aim to deliver a proportionate, risk-based and affordable system that will provide greater public confidence in the professionals regulated by the NMC. It is also important that revalidation raises standards of care and promotes a culture of continuous improvement amongst nurses and midwives.

We are publishing regular updates on the different stages and progress we are making in implementing revalidation.

Public consultation

To build on our previous extensive engagement with stakeholders, we are running a public consultation on how revalidation can be applied in practice to ensure that it will work for all the people on the register.

There are two parts to the six month public consultation, which will run from January until July 2014. Part one closed on 31 March 2014.

The consultation as a whole will also address revising the NMC’s Code. Our Code sets out the standards of good nursing and midwifery practice.

In part one we focused our consultation on how the proposed model of revalidation can be implemented in a variety of employment settings and scopes of practice. This will help ensure the system we launch in December 2015 is flexible and fit for purpose. We also used this part of the consultation to gather information to draft a revised NMC Code and develop guidance for revalidation.

We want to hear from individuals and organisations across the four countries of the UK, such as:

  • Nurses and midwives operating at any level, scope of practice and work setting
  • The general public and users of nursing and midwifery services including patients
  • Professional bodies and trade unions representing nurses, midwives and other healthcare staff
  • Student nurses and midwives
  • Employers and employer groups
  • Other healthcare regulators
  • Education institutions and providers
  • Charities and patient groups 
  • Government and policy makers

When it takes place

This first part of the consultation started on 6 January 2014 and closed on 31 March 2014.

See our consultation page  for further information.

For any further information about revalidation, please email

Twitter chats

We have held a number of Twitter chats for different audiences during the consultation. You can view a summary of them below.

Storify for the Twitter chat for nurses and midwives about revalidation we 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 midwives on 12 March 2014 about the revalidation consultation.

Created date :
Modified date :