Nurse Revalidation FAQ
Q1. What is Nurse Revalidation?
Revalidation is a new framework from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for all nurses and midwifes to follow. NMC Revalidation is the process where registered nurses and midwives are required to demonstrate every three years to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that they remain legible to practice. This will allow you to maintain your registration and practising privileges.
Q2. Why has the NMC Introduced Nursing Revalidation?
It is believed that changing the current registration process to a revalidation system will increase the public’s confidence in nurses. The system will enhance public protection as revalidation at its core, provides a system to improve the wellbeing of the public, which ultimately is what nursing is all about. Both the Department of Health and the Professional Standards Authority have recommended that a continuing legibility to practise measurement such as revalidation is necessary for all healthcare professions.
Q3. When will Revalidation Start?
The NMC has now confirmed that Revalidation will commence. Since October 2015 nurses and midwives will need to ensure they understand the process and requirements of revalidation and start to develop their portfolio. To stay up to date with the launch of revalidation, please visit the NMC’s revalidation information portal and look out for regular updates on our site.
Q4. Which Staff will be Affected?
All nurses and midwives will need to revalidate when renewal of their registration is due. You will have to complete the revalidation process to remain on the NMC register.
Q5. What are the Main Elements of Revalidation?
- Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development (CPD) within the last 3 years. You need to demonstrate 35 hours of CPD, 20 of which must be participatory CPD. Please read our latest CPD update HERE.
- Undertaken 450 hours of relevant practice over the last 3 years.
- You a likely to need five pieces of practise related feedback from a variety of sources (peers,colleagues, patients, carers).
- You will need five reflective accounts and feedback and your CPD.
- You will need to have a reflective discussion with another NMC registrant.
- A Confirmer will need to approve your revalidation.
- You have to provide evidence of your professional indemnity.
- You have to declare that you are of good character and good current health so that you
can practice safety unsupervised.
Q6. How will I Record my Revalidation?
The simplest way is to use an electronic system. For more information on electronic systems click HERE. If you do not meet the revalidation requirements by your re-registration date, you will be removed from the NMC register. You will then have to wait for your information to be reviewed before the NMC. During this period you will not be able to work as a registered nurse or midwife.
Q7. Do NHS Trusts Provide my Professional Indemnity?
Most NHS Trusts will supply professional indemnity for all registered nurses and midwives for the care you
provide under their employment. It will not cover you for any work you carry-out, outside your NHS employment. If you work for an Independent Healthcare
Q8. Do Private Healthcare Providers Provide Indemnity Insurance?
Please check with your management about this. If you are self employed you will need to provide your own indemnity cover.
Q9. What About Indemnity Insurance for Agency Staff?
You will generally have to obtain your own. For me information on this, please contact us.
Q10. How do I obtain Feedback?
Feedback is obtained from both colleagues and patients (where you have direct patient contact). You are expected to seek colleague and patient feedback at least ONCE in EACH revalidation period (every THREE years). Nursing Matters has a fully integrated system for feedback. Please contact us for more information.
Q11. How Do I Reflect on My Practise and Record this?
- Read our informative Practise Reflection article
- Please watch our Practise Reflection Video
- Please read The Ultimate Practice Reflection Guide (Part 1)
- The Ultimate Practice Reflection Guide – Part 2 (Coming soon)