What is revalidation?
From April 1 2016 revalidation was introduced by the NMC as a process by which nurses and midwives ‘demonstrate that they practice safely’. Designed to replace the current PREP system and strengthen the current renewal process, its aim is to promote good practice amongst all nurses and midwives, encouraging patient safety across the board. It will encourage you to reflect on the role of the ‘Code’ in your practice and demonstrate that you are ‘living’ the standards set out within it.
Why is revalidation important?
Revalidation exists to improve public protection by guaranteeing individuals are continuously fit to practise. It sets out guidelines and requirements that a nurse or midwife must abide by to maintain professional registration throughout their career.
When will I need to revalidate?
You will be required to complete your revalidation when you are due to renew your registration with the NMC. The first group of nurses and midwives that were required to go through revalidation were those due for renewal in April 2016.
What do I need to do?
First and foremost, you will need to find out your revalidation renewal date by simply visiting the NMC Website to register or log into your account where your revalidation renewal date will be displayed. Although your revalidation may not be for a while, it is best to start putting your file together as early as possible so that you are fully prepared. Once logged on, you will be able to find out your revalidation date.
Each year you will have an appraisal with a senior nurse who will assess your competencies, approach to practice and your ability to demonstrate an understanding of the NMC Code. During each appraisal, you will build a development plan together to help guide you through the following year, enhancing your strengths and working on areas for improvement. This appraisal process is known as ‘Obtaining Confirmation’ (of your ability to practice safely and effectively).
Every three years you will be required to apply for revalidation. You must demonstrate that you have ‘Obtained Confirmation’ in order to qualify, so it is important that you are appraised each year. You will also be required to have a nurse or senior manager (‘The Confirmer’) complete a declaration to show you have worked in line with the NMC code of conduct. The NMC will then validate your declarations before your revalidation is approved.
All nurses and midwives are required to revalidate with the NMC every three years, whether you work in the NHS, private sector or you are a full-time agency worker. In order to successfully revalidate and renew your NMC registration you must complete the following criteria:
- 450 practice hours, or 900 if renewing as both a nurse and midwife
- 35 hours of CPD including 20 hours of participatory learning
- Five pieces of practice-related feedback
- Five written reflective accounts
- Reflective discussion
- Health and character declaration
- Professional indemnity arrangement
- Form signed by a confirmer – an appropriate third party confirmer is your line manager
Our specialist Revalidation Team is on hand to support Capital Recruitment nurses and midwives, where we are their main employer, through the NMC revalidation process. We have developed a process to encourage nurses and midwives to stay up to date in their professional practice, and to drive a culture of sharing, reflection and continuous improvement.