Revalidation may already be leading to ‘attitudinal change’ towards the Code, evaluation finds

Early findings from the first year show that revalidation may already be contributing to changing attitudes towards the Code, with increased understanding and familiarisation for nurses and midwives.

The independent evaluation by Ipsos MORI, highlights that nurses and midwives are already looking ahead, gathering feedback and preparing for their next revalidation. In addition nurses and midwives who have been through the process are recognising how revalidation can contribute towards the delivery of safe and effective care.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“When we launched revalidation in April 2016 it represented one of the most significant changes to nursing and midwifery in a generation. But we knew that it would only be successful if it was a process that worked for nurses and midwives.

“I am delighted that feedback received during the first year shows that revalidation may be having a positive impact on the practice of nurses and midwives as well as contributing to a change in behaviour.

“Early evidence suggests that revalidation is likely to contribute to bringing about a culture of reflection, sharing and good practice while also bringing the Code to life for many. It’s truly encouraging to hear how nurses and midwives are looking ahead and preparing for their next revalidation. They are rightly seeing it as an ongoing process, rather than a point in time assessment.”

“Despite the success of the first year, we will not be complacent. We will take forward the recommendations of the evaluation, we will continue to develop helpful resources and support each and every nurse and midwife through the process.”

Figures from the first revalidation annual report also published today show that 200,000 nurses and midwives successfully revalidated with the NMC in the first twelve months. 92 per cent of those due to revalidate have done so successfully, while across the four UK countries revalidation rates continue to range between 93 - 94 per cent. There has been no adverse effect on the register due to revalidation, with the proportion of nurses and midwives allowing their registration to lapse in line with previous years.


Notes for editors

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  2. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK. We exist to protect the public. We do this by maintaining the register of qualified nurses and midwives and setting standards of education, training, conduct and performance. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. If concerns are raised about the standards of a registered nurse or midwife, we have a duty to investigate and, where necessary, take action to protect the public.