Q: What is revalidation?
A: Revalidation is:
- is the process that allows you to maintain your registration with the NMC;
- builds on existing renewal requirements;
- demonstrates your continued ability to practise safely and effectively, and
- is a continuous process that you will engage with throughout your career.
Revalidation is the responsibility of nurses themselves. You are the
owner of your own revalidation process.
Revalidation is not:
- an assessment of a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise;
- a new way to raise fitness to practise concerns (any concerns about a nurse or midwife’s practice will continue to be raised through the existing fitness to practise process), or
- an assessment against the requirements of your current/former employment.
Q: Why has revalidation been introduced?
A: Revalidation has been introduced to:
- to raise awareness of the Code and professional standards expected of nurses and midwives;
- to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the role of the Code in your practice as a
- nurse or midwife and demonstrate that you are ‘living’ these standards;
- to encourage you to stay up to date in your professional practice by developing new skills and
- understanding the changing needs of the public and fellow healthcare professionals;
- to encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement;
- to encourage you to engage in professional networks and discussions about your practice, and
- to strengthen public confidence in the nursing and midwifery professions.
Q: What is the difference between revalidation, renewal and registration date?
A: Your renewal date is the date you need to send your annual payment through to the NMC to keep your PIN. You need to pay and renew every year.
Your revalidation date is the 1st of the month your registration is due to expire. If your NMC PIN registration is due to expire on 30th April 2016, your revalidation date will be 1st April 2016. You will need to revalidate every three years.
Your registration date is when you need to re-register for your PIN. This is the last day of the month in which you registered. You will need to re-register every 3 years.
Q: How do I prepare for revalidation?
A: The first steps you need to take as a Nurse are:
- Sign up to NMC Online at www.nmc.org.uk/nmc-online
- Find out your renewal date (the date your NMC registration expires). You will need to apply for your revalidation before this expiry date. You can find out when your expiry date is by logging onto your NMC online account, or checking the NMC Register https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/search-the-register/.
- Understand Revalidation by reading the guidance and supporting resources the NMC have provided – www.nmc.org.uk/revalidation
- Start compiling/recording your evidence and documents.
Q: What do I need in order to revalidate?
A: You will need to produce the following evidence:
- 450 Practice hours over 3 years (900 hours if registered as a Registered Nurse and Midwife/Community Health Nurse). You will need to keep a record of practice hours you have completed, including:
- dates of practice;
- the number of hours you undertook;
- name, address and postcode of the organisations;
- scope of practice and work setting (see tick box on page 8);
- a description of the work you undertook, and
- if practising overseas, whether you are registered with the appropriate regulating body.
NB. If you have practiced for less than three years prior to your renewal date, you will need to complete an NMC approved Return to Practice Programme before your revalidation application date.
- 35 Hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – 20 of the 35 hours must be participatory learning. All CPD hours must be relevant to your practice as a nurse, and have been achieved in the three years prior to your revalidation date. You will need to keep a record of and evidence the following:
- the CPD method;
- a brief description of the topic and how it relates to your practice;
- the dates the CPD activity was undertaken;
- the number of hours and participatory hours, and
- identification of the part of the Code most relevant to the CPD.
- 5 pieces of practice related feedback - You must have obtained five pieces of practice-related feedback in the three-year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register.
- 5 reflective written accounts - You must have prepared five written reflective accounts in the three-year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register. Each reflective account must be recorded on the approved form and must refer to:
- an instance of your CPD and/or
- a piece of practice-related feedback you have received and/or
- an event or experience in your own professional practice
- and how this relates to the Code.
- 1 reflective discussion - You must have had a reflective discussion with another NMC registrant, covering your five written reflective accounts on your CPD and/or practice-related feedback and/or an event or experience in your practice and how this relates to the Code.
NBYou must ensure that the NMC registrant with whom you had your reflective discussion signs the approved form recording their name, NMC Pin and email, as well as the date you had the discussion.
Third party confirmation
- Health and character declaration - You must provide a health and character declaration where you must declare if you have been convicted of any criminal offence or issued with a formal caution.
- Professional indemnity arrangement - You must declare that you have, or will have when practising, appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement.
- This will be a declaration that you have demonstrated to an appropriate confirmer that you have complied with the revalidation requirements. You will need to provide the name, NMC Pin or other professional identification number (where relevant), email, professional address and postcode of the confirmer.
Q: How do I apply online?
A: Your online application opens 60 days before your revalidation application date. During this 60-day period you will need to log into your application via NMC Online and address each of the requirements. You will not need to submit your portfolio at this time, but rather complete an online form where you provide evidence of meeting the revalidation requirements. The full application including all of the above criteria is required to be submitted 30 days before the date your revalidation is due?
Q: What happens after I have submitted my application?
A: After you have completed your online application, including your portfolio (detailing all of the above), and paid your renewal fee, you will be offered the option of printing a paper copy of your application for your records. Once your application has been successfully processed and your payment has been received the NMC will send you an email confirming that your registration has been renewed.