NMC Council agrees a model of revalidation for nurses and midwives

Date:12/09/2013

The NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) has committed to introduce a proportionate and effective model of revalidation by the end of 2015 which enhances public protection.

Council agreed that revalidation will require a third party (such as an employer or manager) to confirm that the nurse or midwife who is revalidating is complying with the revised Code. This confirmation will take account of feedback from patients, service users, carers and colleagues. Revalidation will take place at the point of renewal.

The Code and standards will be reviewed and revised to ensure they are compatible with revalidation. Guidance for revalidation will also be developed.

As required by current legislation, nurses and midwives will continue to renew their registration every three years and will declare that they have practised for 450 hours during those three years. The amount of continuing professional development (CPD) required will be reviewed, and the definition of a suitable CPD activity will be clarified.

The NMC will regularly monitor revalidation submissions made by nurses and midwives. This monitoring will be both random and risk-based and will be informed by other regulators and from the NMC's own fitness to practise processes

The model of revalidation which was approved by Council this week has been developed with substantial input from a range of stakeholders and requires no changes to NMC legislation. However, after the model has been introduced and evaluated, the NMC may request changes to its legislation if there is sufficient evidence that this would further increase public protection.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said,

“This model of revalidation will increase the public’s assurance that the nurses and midwives on our register are capable of safe and effective practice.

“It will provide a means of checking that those nurses and midwives continue to meet our standards in terms of conduct and competence, and that they have continued to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

“We hope to see nurses and midwives take ownership of this process. It will promote their professionalism and will encourage them to reflect on the standard of care they provide to patients and clients throughout their careers.

“We appreciate the work that our stakeholders have put in so far to help develop this model and we look forward to hearing from a range of people in the consultation that follows to ensure that revalidation is as robust as possible.”

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said:

"Nurses and midwives have some of the most important jobs in the NHS caring for patients every day. Making sure they are up to speed with the latest treatments and practices will help them maintain the high standards they and patients expect. 

“That is why I support the NMC in its drive to introduce revalidation – it will improve safety and quality of care and reassure patients that nurses remain fit to carry out their important work. I look forward to seeing the consultation and pilots.”

A consultation will follow. Early implementers will revalidate by the end of 2015.

 

Join us at 6pm on Monday 16 September when Katerina Kolyva, Director of Continued Practice, will be answering questions on Twitter about revalidation. Take part @NMCNews or follow the conversation at #revalidation.