We've introduced revalidation for nurses and midwives

Published on 08 October 2015

New process will empower professionalism

Today our Council made the decision to introduce revalidation for all nurses and midwives in the UK: the most significant change to regulation in a generation.

Revalidation means that everyone on the register will have to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way. All nurses and midwives will have to show they are staying up to date in their practice and living the values of the Code, by reflecting on their practice and engaging in discussions with colleagues. For the first time, they will also have to obtain confirmation that they have met all the requirements before they apply to renew their place on the register every three years.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith, said of the new process: “We believe that revalidation will give the public confidence that the people who care for them are continuously striving to improve their practice.”

We tested revalidation in 19 sites across the UK, and we are confident that it is achievable, effective and realistic. Nurses and midwives who piloted the model believe that it will deliver real benefits in raising standards and protecting the public.

Nearly 16,000 nurses and midwives will be the first to revalidate in April 2016. All 685,000 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.

We've published How to Revalidate guidance for nurses and midwives, a guide for employers and information for confirmers. 

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