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Revalidation

Nurse Revalidation

Revalidation is the new process that all nurses and midwives in the UK will need to follow to maintain their registration with the NMC. The changes come into effect from April 2016, and is a relatively straight forward process.

Revalidation is designed to strengthen the current 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 Code; and
  • Engagement in professional discussions with other registered nurses or midwives. 

Revalidation is due every 3 years and your application for revalidation will need to be submitted online, so it’s very important firstly that you have an NMC Online account.

The new process requires all ‘active nurses’ to collate and submit a comprehensive range of information in terms of process, requirements and practice evidence. The details of the NMC requirements are shown below:

Revalidation

  • Evidence of 450 hours of professional practice (900 hours if registered as a Registered Nurse and Midwife/Community Health Nurse) over a three-year period
  • 35 hours of evidenced CPD, 20 hours of which must be participatory based learning (face to face training)
  • 5 written pieces of practice related feedback 
  • 5 written pieces of practice reflection
  • Reflective discussion with an NMC ‘active’ Registered Nurse
  • Confirmation of Professional Liability Insurance
  • Self-declaration of Health and Character
  • Payment of the Annual Retention Fee – Nurses should ideally register with NMC online and set-up automatic payments, as should the annual fee not be paid by the due date, nurses will not be registered with the NMC and therefore not able to practice. They would then need to complete a re-application to join the NMC Register.
  • 60 days prior to the revalidation date Nurses will have access to (and should begin to complete) their online revalidation with the NMC. The online revalidation must be submitted 30 days before the registration is due. E.g. If your registration date is 30/04/16, you will gain access to your NMC online revalidation from 01/02/16, and your revalidation date (submission deadline) will be 01/04/16. If not completed by this date Nurses will not be registered.

NMC guidelines for all of the above requirements is identified in web based links below. The information and forms provided via these links detail clear direction in how to ensure that you are fully prepared for your revalidation date.

Please do remember however, that whether you work full time for Swiis or work with numerous employers, it is your responsibility to know when your revalidation is due, the timing for completion of your portfolio and of ensuring your preparedness for your revalidation meeting. The preparation for your revalidation every three years is a continuing process whereby you are retaining information on an ongoing basis in readiness for your next revalidation date.

Remember - If your registration is not maintained due to lateness (or incompletion) of your submission, it can take up to 3 months for you to be re-registered and be able to work again.

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