Historic change to improve professional standards for nurses and midwives comes into effect

Published on 01 April 2016

Revalidation is live

Revalidation for all nurses and midwives in the UK comes into effect today. With the introduction of revalidation, everyone on the NMC register will have to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way.

"This is a momentous day for the NMC and our registrants. We hold the largest register of healthcare professionals in the UK and revalidation is the most significant regulatory change in our history," said NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith.

The new system is aimed at both improving patient safety and the quality of care that nurses and midwives provide to patients, fulfilling a key recommendation from the Francis report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

To remain practising, nurses and midwives will have to show they are staying up to date in their professional practice and living the values of their professional Code by seeking feedback from patients and colleagues, as well as engaging in a regular process of reflection, learning and improvement.

"Of the thousands of nurses and midwives who have already gone through the system, many have told us they believe it will deliver real benefits in raising standards and protecting the public as well as improving their own professional practice," Smith added.

All 692,000 nurses and midwives on the NMC’s register will go through the new process as their registration becomes due for renewal over the course of the next three years.

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