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Revalidation: A guide to continuing professional development (CPD)

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Nurses - 5 months ago

A crucial part of the revalidation process is the completion of 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to your practice as a nurse or midwife. These 35 hours have to be completed during the three years before revalidation - anything before that won’t be counted.

Although 35 hours might sound like a lot, you must remember that CPD can include a variety of activities rather than just attending courses and conferences. We’ve pulled together a guide for nurses and midwives containing the different types of activities that count towards your CPD.

A crucial part of the revalidation process is the completion of 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to your practice as a nurse or midwife. These 35 hours have to be completed during the three years before revalidation - anything before that won’t be counted.

Although 35 hours might sound like a lot, you must remember that CPD can include a variety of activities rather than just attending courses and conferences. We’ve pulled together a guide for nurses and midwives containing the different types of activities that count towards your CPD.

20 hours participatory learning

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) defines participatory learning as an activity in which you interact with other professionals. This activity has to be relevant to the scope of your practice and the interaction can occur one-to-one or in a group, whether that’s a conference, workshop or training course. Also, it doesn’t have to happen in a shared physical environment and can include interacting with other professionals in a virtual space, such as an online forum.

Participatory learning can also be team meeting discussions, so when you attend a meeting keep a copy of the minutes or other notes to use as evidence of your participation. Additionally, if you attend a seminar or conference, proof of your attendance can be used.

Non-participatory learning

Your 15 hours of non-participatory learning does not involve interacting with other people, and instead can consist of reading professional journals, online research papers or completing online course modules.

Formal learning

Formal learning relates to courses or modules undertaken at an educational institute, such as studying for a Master’s degree at a UK university.

Other learning that counts

Although not specified by the CPD, you’re expected to take on learning that’s directly related to your practice. So, everything goes apart from non-role-related training, such as fire and health and safety. Work-based training also counts, including if you’ve been seconded, have supervised another member of staff or even shadowed a more senior colleague.

Professional activity

Professional activities including teaching, mentorship or running a course all count towards your CPD hours. Learning something new in practice or from reading journals or research papers also counts. You’ll need to be able to reflect on what you’ve learnt and how this new understanding has changed your practice.

You can find out more about CPD practices for revalidation by visiting the NMC website. Alternatively, get in touch the team at MCM Medical on 01253 316639 or email info@mcmmedical.co.uk if you need any advice and guidance on your healthcare career in the NHS or private sector.

 
 

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