Revalidation for nurses and midwives

Source: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Link to webpage

Date of publication: October 2015

Summary of driver: 

Revalidation is a process that all nurses and midwives need to engage with to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively throughout their career.  This section of the NMC website  outlines the requirements for revalidation.

Key features of driver:

All nurses and midwives are currently required to renew their registration every three years. Revalidation strengthens the renewal process by introducing new requirements that focus on:

  • up-to-date practice and professional development
  • reflection on the professional standards of practice and behaviour as set out in the NMC Code and
  • engagement in professional discussions with other registered nurses or midwives.

Revalidation is a continuous process that nurses and midwives will engage with throughout their career. It is not a point in time activity or assessment.

Revalidation is about promoting good practice across the whole population of nurses and midwives. It’s not an assessment of a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise and it’s not intended to address bad practice amongst a small number of nurses and midwives.

The components of revalidation are to:

  • Practise a minimum of 450 hours over the three years prior to the renewal of registration
  • Undertake 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Obtain five pieces of practice‐related feedback
  • Record a minimum of five written reflections on the Code, CPD and practice related feedback
  • Provide a health and character declaration
  • Declare appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement
  • Gain confirmation, from a third party, that revalidation requirements have been met

This How to Revalidate booklet is useful for practical advice.

Primary audience: Nurses and midwives in NHS England.

Impact on library policy/practice: Library services are perfectly positioned to support revalidation locally.  We can:

  • provide dedicated print and electronic evidence resources to help nurses/midwives keep up-to-date
  • provide training in information search skills so that nurses/midwives can develop their own skills
  • provide training in Critical Appraisal skills so nurses-midwives can develop the skills to assess how robust and reliable original research is using appropriate tools
  • conduct information searches on chosen subjects
  • obtain journal articles & publications, which might be needed to stay abreast of developments in your field of expertise
  • support Journal Club activity which enables groups to present and critique original research of interest and relevant to their specialty
  • offer 24 hour access to library space, computers and printers

Date last updated: October 2015

Due for review: October 2016

Group member responsible: VT



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