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What is revalidation?
- Every three years, at the point of your renewal of registration, you need to show that, as a professional, you are living by the Code’s standards of practice and behaviour.
- This process is called revalidation and it builds on the previous Prep requirements.
- Participation is on an on-going basis rather than a point in time assessment.
- You need to meet a range of requirements, designed to show you are keeping up to date and practising safely and effectively.
- Revalidation is about promoting good practice across the whole population of nurses and midwives. It is not an assessment of your fitness to practise.
Revalidation aims to:
Overall, revalidation should lead to improved practice and therefore public protection benefits.
- Raise awareness of the Code and professional standards expected of nurses and midwives.
- Allow nurses and midwives to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ these standards.
- Encourage nurses and midwives to stay up to date in their professional practice.
- Encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement.
- Encourage nurses and midwives to engage in professional networks and discussions about their practice.
- Strengthen public confidence in the nursing and midwifery profession.
The anticipated benefits of revalidation
For the public:
- Provide confidence that nurses and midwives are up to date in terms of their skills and professional development
- Provide assurance that nurses and midwives are being regularly reviewed
For nurses and midwives:
- Raise awareness of the Code and standards that are expected of nurses and midwives
- Encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and continuous improvement
- Encourage nurses to stay up to date in their professional practice
- Increase confidence that their staff practise safely and effectively
- Encourage more consistent participation in appraisal and professional development
- Help clarify the nature and scope of investment required in CPD
For the NMC:
- Help to strengthen the regulation of nurses and midwives
- Help to raise standards of practice
- Provide more insight into how nursing and midwifery professionals are practising
When do I need to revalidate?
- Your revalidation application date is the first day of the month in which your registration expires. This is different to your renewal date.
- You must submit your revalidation application by your revalidation application date so that we have time to process this.
- Your renewal date is the last day of the month in which your registration expires.
- You will be able to submit your application 60 days before your revalidation application date.
- You will also need to pay your fee as part of your revalidation application.
What is the Code?
- The NMC has updated its Code of professional standards.
- The revised Code became effective on 31 March 2015 and all registered nurses and midwives are required to uphold its standards of practice and behaviours.
- The Code is centred around four themes, with public protection at the core, and builds on the existing foundation of good nursing and midwifery practice.
- The Code should be used as a ‘living’ guide at the heart of everyday nursing and midwifery practice.
Four themes brought together in one Code
Together they signify good nursing and midwifery practice
You must have practised a minimum number of hours over the three years since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register.
Minimum total practice hours required     Those with dual registration must undertake 900 hours
Continuing professional development
You must have undertaken continuing professional development (CPD), relevant to your scope of practice as a nurse or midwife, over the three years since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register.
Of these 35 hours of CPD, 20 must include participatory learning
What counts as CPD
You must have obtained practice-related feedback over the three years since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register.
Types of feedback
Feedback can be about your individual practice or about your team, ward or organisation. It can be:
- Formal or informal
- Written or verbal
- Positive or constructive
Written reflective accounts
You must have prepared five written reflective accounts on your CPD, practice-related feedback, and/or an event or experience in your practice, and explain how this relates to the Code. You should prepare these over the three years since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register.
Written reflective accounts
- What did you learn?
- How did you change or improve your practice?
- How does this link to the Code?
You must have had a reflective discussion with another NMC-registered nurse or midwife, covering your five written reflective accounts and how they relate to the Code.
- Face-to-face discussion where possible
- Must be with a nurse or midwife with effective NMC registration
- Can take place as part of appraisal
Health and character
You must provide a health and character declaration , including declaring any cautions, convictions or determinations from another regulatory body.
Health and character
Professional indemnity arrangement
You must declare that you have, or will have when practising, appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement.
You will need to demonstrate to an appropriate person that you have met the revalidation requirements.   A confirmer is being asked to assess whether you have demonstrated that you have met the requirements for revalidation, not whether you are fit to practise.
Who can act as a confirmer?
- We recommend your line manager is your confirmer where possible.
- Your confirmer does not need to be an NMC-registered nurse or midwife.
- If you do not have a line manager we recommend you ask another NMC-registered nurse or midwife.
- It is for you to decide who is the most appropriate confirmer.
How does this work in practice?
When the confirmer is a registered nurse or midwife:
- The reflective discussion and confirmation discussion can happen with the same person.
- Nurses and midwives might like to have these discussions at one meeting , for example, at an annual appraisal.
When the confirmer is not a registered nurse or midwife:
- The reflective discussion with another NMC-registered nurse or midwife must happen first.
- The confirmation discussion will need to happen after all other requirements are met.
Keeping a portfolio
- We recommend that nurses and midwives keep a portfolio of evidence showing how they meet the revalidation requirements.
- This can be either a paper portfolio or an e-portfolio.
- It should be a live document developed over the three years.
Your portfolio should include the following elements:
- Practice hours – a record of practice hours
- Continuing professional development (CPD) – accurate and verifiable records of your CPD activities
- Practice-related feedback – notes on the content of the feedback and how you used it to improve your practice
- Reflective accounts – five reflective accounts that explain what you have learnt from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event or experience from your practice. You must use the NMC form for this.
- Reflective discussion – a completed NMC form used to record your reflective discussion
- Confirmation – a completed NMC confirmation form
Making your application
- You need to make your application via NMC Online.
- You will need to complete an online form and declare that you have met the revalidation requirements.
- You will not need to upload evidence from your portfolio to the NMC. Your confirmer will confirm that they have seen this evidence.
- You can print a summary of your application to keep in your portfolio.
- In order to ensure the process of revalidation is working effectively, each year the NMC will ask a sample of nurses and midwives to provide additional information demonstrating that they meet the requirements of revalidation.
- If you are selected it does not mean we have any concerns about your application and you can continue to practise as normal.
- You will be notified immediately after submitting your application and paying your fee.
- You will be asked to provide further details via an online form.
- We will also contact your confirmer to request further information. Please ensure your confirmer is aware that if they do not respond it may put your registration at risk.
- You should keep a record of all of this evidence in case it is required by the NMC.
- Your registration will not lapse whilst verification is ongoing but it will not be renewed until the verification process is complete.
- You will not be required to upload any information to the NMC.
Forms and templates
- How to revalidate with the NMC
- Information for confirmers and employers
- Guidance for dual registrants
- Logs for recording all revalidation evidence
- Completed examples, including examples of reflective accounts
What should all nurses and midwives do to prepare?
- Sign up to NMC Online at www.nmc.org.uk/nmc-online
- Find out your revalidation date
- Read the guidance and supporting resources on our website at www.nmc.org.uk/revalidation
- Choose your reflective discussion partner and confirmer