24 March 2017

Revalidation One Year On

Since April 2016 all nurses have been required to demonstrate they “practice safely and effectively”, revalidating their registered status every three years.

Revalidation is the process that allows nurses to maintain registration with the NMC. It builds on previous renewal requirements, demonstrating continuing professional development (CPD) and the ability to practise safely and effectively. This is a continuous process that nurses engage with throughout their career.

All nurses and midwives must complete 450 practice hours (900 if revalidating as both a nurse and midwife); 35 hours CPD of which 20 hours must be participatory learning; five pieces of practice-related feedback; five written reflective accounts; a reflective discussion; a health and character declaration, plus they must be able to verify professional indemnity arrangements and provide a confirmation form signed by their confirmer.

The process reinforces nurse’s knowledge of the NMC Code, raising their awareness of it and encouraging nurses to reflect on their practice. Revalidation is not an assessment of fitness to practise or a way to raise fitness to practise concerns.

NMC's published figures indicate that in each quarter since April 2016, between 91% and 94% of nurses and midwives due to renew their registration completed the revalidation process. The NMC state there has been no increase in the proportion of nurses or midwives leaving the register so far?. January to March figures are due to be released shortly.

One year on from the biggest shake up in the history of the profession, Newcross has supported 81 nurses through their revalidation, and a total of 393 Newcross nurses have revalidated.

We provide nurses with indemnity insurance which covers them while on placement by Newcross and we support nurses with reflective discussions and confirmation sign off. If a nurse requires a support session or wishes to complete their revalidation please contact your branch who can arrange an appointment with Lin McVeigh, Clinical Excellence, Lead Nurse.