Revalidation is 'the best thing that could have happened' to nurses and midwives

10 March 2016

Nurses and midwives are praising revalidation as straightforward, achievable and powerful. With less than a month to go before the first 16,000 people revalidate, thousands of nurses and midwives have submitted their revalidation applications. They are now telling the NMC about their positive experiences.

The online application process is being described as “clear and easy to complete”. This is down to the fact that you don’t need to upload any of your evidence, and the instructions on NMC Online guide you through the process step-by-step. People are finding the resources provided by the NMC helpful and supportive when submitting an application. An adult nurse from Wales said: “The NMC guidance is excellent and takes the apprehension away”. She found going through the revalidation process empowering, and “an excellent way of showing how professional we are”.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said:

“It’s great to see how simple our nurses and midwives are finding the revalidation process. We hope this feedback will reassure those who may be anxious that there is nothing to worry about and that the revalidation process is simple, straightforward and valuable.”

Revalidation is much simpler than many people expected. Those who had concerns before they started say that, in reality, the process is so straightforward that they are now completely reassured. One nurse explained how anxious she was at the start, saying, “I wondered whether I would use revalidation as an excuse to retire”. Her mind was put at ease when she read the guidance and started her application, however, as “there wasn’t really anything there that I wasn’t already doing” and the process “only took me three and a half hours to complete”.

Reflection comes up again and again as the requirement that people are finding particularly beneficial. GP practice nurse Marcela, who thinks revalidation is “the best thing that could have happened to nurses”, thought her reflective discussion was “amazing” and feels that she “got a lot out of it”. Mark, a midwife, finds that reflection not only benefits his own practice, but also “helps me and my colleagues to work as a team”.

The nurses and midwives who have submitted their revalidation applications offer helpful advice for their fellow professionals who are yet to go through the process. Among the most common tips are: “Start early”, “don’t be frightened, because you do most of these things on a daily basis anyway” and “keep it simple; don’t over-think it”.

We have produced an instructive video that takes nurses and midwives step-by-step through the online application process. Nurses and midwives can also find out more about how others revalidated by reading the case studies and watching the short videos on our dedicated revalidation website.



Notes for editors

1.   For media enquiries, please contact Hannah Schraer on 020 7681 5936 or email

2.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to protect the public through the regulation of 685, 000 nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. As well as maintaining a register of nurses and midwives allowed to practise in the UK, we also set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality healthcare. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. Nurses and midwives must uphold our professional standards and we have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of these standards.

3.  For a step-by-step guide to revalidation see our dedicated website.