5 things you need to know about revalidation
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is currently developing a revalidation system for nurses and midwives, designed to strengthen the registration renewal process, increase professionalism and improve public protection. Here’s our initial guide to help you understand the new process. We will continue to publish updates and what we’re doing to support Pulse nurses so look out for future posts.
- What is revalidation?
Revalidation is the process by which nurses and midwives demonstrate that they practice safely.
All nurses and midwives are currently required to renew their registration. Revalidation will strengthen the renewal process by introducing new requirements that focus on:
Why is revalidation important?
- Keeping up-to-date with practice and professional development
- Reflecting on the professional standards of practice and behaviour as set out in the Code
- Seeking regular feedback from service users and colleagues
Revalidation will exist to improve public protection by guaranteeing individuals are continuously fit to practise. It sets out guidelines and requirements that a nurse or midwife must abide by to maintain professional registration throughout their career.
Why is revalidation being introduced?
Revalidation will provide nurses and midwives with the opportunity to review on their practice against the standards in the Code and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ these standards.
As well as improving public protection, it will also help those nurses and midwives who are isolated from other professionals, by providing a platform to engage in networks and discussions about their practice.
What happens during revalidation?
Each year you will have an appraisal with a senior nurse who will assess your competencies, approach to practice and your ability to demonstrate an understanding of the NMC Code. During each appraisal, you will build a development plan together to help guide you through the following year, enhancing your strengths and working on areas for improvement. This appraisal process is known as ‘Obtaining Confirmation’ (of your ability to practice safely and effectively).
Every three years you will be required to apply for Revalidation. You must demonstrate that you have ‘Obtained Confirmation’ in order to qualify, so it is important that you are appraised each year. You will also be required to have a nurse or senior manager (‘The Confirmer’) complete a declaration to show you have worked in line with the NMC code of conduct. The NMC will then validate your declarations before your Revalidation is approved.
The NMC has proposed that the first nurses and midwives to revalidate will be those with a renewal date in April 2016.
How can Pulse support you through revalidation?
- Autumn 2015 – Publication of finalised revalidation guidance expected in October
- Spring 2016 – Revalidation begins for all nurses and midwives across the UK
Supporting our nurses with their career development is something we pride ourselves on. We understand that most of you are unsure of how the process of appraisal and revalidation will affect you, so we will be on hand to guide them along the way.
If you would like to find out more contact a member of the team today.