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NMC warmly welcomes confirmation England is ready for revalidation

30 October 2015

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said: 

“We warmly welcome today’s confirmation from the Department of Health that England is ready for the implementation of revalidation for nurses and midwives, as planned from April 2016.

“Earlier this month, the NMC’s Council approved the introduction of the new system for all nurses and midwives to ensure that they regularly demonstrate they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way. With all four UK countries ready for revalidation, we look forward to continuing to work closely with them as well as employers, trade unions and professional bodies, to help support the UK’s 684,000 nurses and midwives through the new process. 

“The introduction of revalidation is the most significant change to regulation in a generation and we firmly believe that it will give the public confidence that the people who care for them are continuously striving to improve their practice.”



Notes for editors

1.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to protect the public. We do this by ensuring that only those who meet our requirements are allowed to practise as a nurse or midwife in the UK. We take action if concerns are raised about whether a nurse or midwife is fit to practise.

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