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.

This is a two-stage, six-month public consultation, which will run from January until August 2014. The consultation as a whole will address revising the Code (the standards of good nursing and midwifery practice) and implementing revalidation.

In part one, which ran January–March, we focused 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 model we launch in December 2015 is flexible and fit for purpose. We also gathered information to draft a revised Code and develop guidance for revalidation.

Part two of the consultation concentrates more on the draft Code and focused engagement. The Code is central to nursing practice and will therefore be a key part of revalidation. We are also consulting on key themes in the revalidation guidance. This stage of the consultation will involve focus groups run by Ipsos MORI and an online survey for everyone to take part in. 

The second part of the consultation runs for 12 weeks and closes on 11 August 2014. See our consultation page for further information.

Alongside the consultation we are also holding engagement events in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for nurses and midwives to help us shape a revised Code and draft guidance for revalidation.

For any further information about revalidation, please email

Twitter chats

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

Check this page and our Twitter feed for news of upcoming chats.

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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