The Pulse guide to logging your CPD for NMC revalidation

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What is continuing professional development (CPD) and how do I meet the NMC revalidation criteria?

Before you read this we suggest you make a note of the time – you’ll thank us later.

From April 1 2016 all nurses and midwives will be required to revalidate with the NMC every three years, whether they work in the NHS, private sector or full-time agency. Although it can seem daunting, revalidation is actually quite straightforward and will help to demonstrate that you practice safely and effectively.

For you to successfully revalidate and renew your NMC registration you must meet a set criteria, one of which is 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD), including 20 hours of participatory learning (learning during which you interact with other people).

What does this mean? CPD is part of every nurse and midwives daily practice and, through the revalidation process the NMC encourages you to log and record each event of CPD as it occurs. Every item of CPD you log should be relevant to your scope of practice as a nurse or midwife.

What activities can I include in my CPD log?

CPD hours are not just hours spent doing structured learning or accredited training – they include lots of activities that you already do as part of your job. Below, we’ve listed some of the activities that will count towards your 35 hours of CPD. You’ll be surprised how quickly the hours build up.

Work-based learning and participatory learning

  • Mandatory training
  • Discussions with colleagues
  • Being a representative on a committee
  • Work shadowing, secondments or job rotation
  • Supervising staff or students
  • Visiting other departments and reporting back
  • Analysing significant events

Example 1: Reading through and discussing a trust’s policy and procedures with a colleague can be counted as participatory learning - just remember to record it in your log.

Example 2: Involve yourself in learning session when a rep comes to your work place to teach or implement new equipment or procedures.

Professional activity

  • Lecturing, teaching or mentoring
  • Attending branch appraisal meetings
  • Organising journal clubs or other specialist groups
  • Maintaining or developing specialist skills (for example, musical skills)

Example 3: When you attend a meeting, keep a copy of the minutes as evidence of your participation and any other outcomes including signed letters, notes or observations.

Example 4: volunteer to spend time with new members of the team to show them the ropes and log the hours you spend doing so.

Formal / educational

  • Attending conferences
  • Writing articles or papers
  • Attending seminars
  • Planning or running your own course

Example 5: If you attend a seminar or conference, make sure you take a copy of the attendance certificate. If attendance certificates aren’t issued, take a photocopy of the register.

Self-directed learning

  • Reading journals, articles and blogs
  • Reviewing books or articles
  • Updating knowledge through the internet or TV
  • Social media discussions

Example 6: Watching a training video programme, or reading a relevant article from the Pulse Nursing blog will count as CPD. Just remember to log it and record notes and outcomes.

How do I keep a record of my CPD hours?

By using a log sheet, such as the one produced by the NMC as part of their How to Revalidate booklet you can maintain accurate records of the CPD you've undertaken and should include the following:

  • CPD method – self-directed or group participation
  • A description of the topic and how it related to your practice
  • The dates on which the activity was undertaken
  • The number of hours (including the number of participatory hours)
  • Identify the part of the Code most relevant to the activity
  • Evidence that you undertook the CPD activity

Revalidation is real and it’s happening now.

For top tips on how to start your NMC revalidation read our ‘7 things you need to know about revalidation’.  If you have any further questions please contact us: on 020 7959 1026 on 0845 601 7280

How long did it take you to read this article? Great, log it in your self-directed CPD hours, it’s as easy as that!

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    This is a good idea. I am living in NZ and have been on the expert level of this programme in my country. It is surprising how you get a a portfolio together that you are proud of. I refer to this information regularly and have everything added in this together including my Pulse nursing experience. I am now semi retired but still treasure my PD portfolio.

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    This was very helpful. Thank you. My only question is I am doing a financial seminar this weekend. Could I log it in . This seminar is not related to my job but finance affects everything we do