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Revalidation: Everything you need to know

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Scrub Nurses - 5 months ago

Back in 2015, the introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives was described as the ‘biggest shakeup in the profession’s history’. Introduced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in April of that year, revalidation was brought in to strengthen the three-yearly registration process and increase professionalism across the board.

Despite passing the three-year mark since its introduction, there are a still some common questions surrounding how it works and what nursing and midwifery professionals are responsible for. We explore revalidation and, using key resources from the NMC, answer some of your burning questions.

Is revalidation really that important?

In short, yes. It was introduced to improve public protection by ensuring individuals continue to remain fit to practice in line with the requirements of professional registration, throughout their career.

What is it?

In a nutshell, revalidation is built on existing employment arrangements and requires individuals to seek regular feedback from service users and colleagues, reflect on the Code and seek confirmation from a third party that the necessary requirements have been met. It’s a continuous process you will engage with throughout your career that allows you to maintain your registration with the NMC and demonstrates your continued ability to practice safely and effectively.

Will my employer sort out revalidation for me?

No. Although there are ways in which your employer will support you, revalidation is the responsibility of nurses and midwives themselves. Always remember, you own your revalidation process from start to finish.

What does the process involve?

In order to revalidate, the NMC has certain requirements in each three-year registration period, including:

  • 900 hours for nurses and midwives (450 hours for non-clinical registrants)
  • 35 hours of continuing professional development (of which 20 must be participatory)
  • Five pieces of practice-related feedback
  • Five written reflective accounts
  • A reflective discussion
  • Health and character declaration
  • Professional indemnity arrangement
  • Third-party confirmation of compliance with revalidation requirements.

Is revalidation an assessment of my fitness to practice?

This is a common assumption, but the answer is no. It’s not an assessment of a nurse’s or midwife’s fitness to practice, nor is it a method to raise any fitness to practice concerns. It’s also never used as a tool to assess you against the requirements of your employer.

You can find everything you need to know about revalidation for the nursing and midwifery profession in this guide from the NMC. Alternatively, you can 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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