Revalidation: Mythbusting!


Nurses - 10 months ago

Since revalidation for nurses and midwives was introduced in 2015, a number of misconceptions have lingered around the process set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Here we address some of the most common revalidation misconceptions and put your mind at rest...

I don’t need to revalidate because I don’t deliver hands-on clinical care

Wrong. If you’ve registered with the NMC in any capacity, you must still revalidate every three years. While nurses and midwives have to demonstrate 900 practice hours, non-clinical professionals have to prove 450. These hours are of course within your scope of practice, which can include the time you’ve spent managing a team, teaching colleagues or shaping policies.

I don’t need to revalidate because I’m retiring next year

Wrong again. You have to revalidate when you’re requested to do so by the NMC or your registration will lapse, and you won’t be able to practice until you’ve successfully re-applied. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there’s a charge and a considerable amount of extra work you have to do for re-entry onto the register. In short, it’s a lot easier to maintain your registration.

I can submit my application at any time

The deadline for submitting your revalidation application remains on the first day of the month your registration expires. So, if your renewal date is 31 March, the revalidation application deadline will be on the 1st March.

I can’t revalidate because I don’t have a permanent role

You guessed it; this is also wrong. Even if you work as an agency nurse or midwife, you must revalidate. If you’re able to complete the minimum number of practice hours required (450)  for revalidation in the three years leading up to the date and can meet all of the requirements, you can complete the process.

I need to keep an electronic portfolio

Although you need to keep evidence that you’ve met all of the requirements for revalidation, it doesn’t have to be held in an electronic portfolio. Paper portfolios are absolutely fine, and the NMC give you the option to download and print all of the forms and templates you need.

I need to submit my portfolio to the NMC

This is a common misconception related to the revalidation process. At no point do you have to upload or submit your portfolio to the NMC. Instead, you show your portfolio to your confirmer, provide their details to the NMC and make a series of declarations that you’ve met with all requirements.

Participatory learning needs to be with a healthcare professional

20 of your 35 CPD hours have to be participatory learning, which involves interaction with other professionals. However, these professionals don’t have to be in healthcare, nor do you have to meet with them in person. You can include participatory learning that’s taken place online in a forum or even via a Twitter chat.

Revalidation measures my fitness to practice

Not at all. Revalidation is about demonstrating that you practice safely and effectively according to the NMC Code. One of the key aims of revalidation is to encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and continuous development and improvement.

My confirmer scores me and feeds back to the NMC

Your confirmer isn’t there to grade your work. Their role is to simply confirm they’ve seen your evidence/portfolio and that you’ve done everything you need to ensure revalidation.

The NMC website has a host of helpful resources to guide you through the revalidation process so make sure you pay it a visit. 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.