Third quarter revalidation report continues to highlight its success

13 February 2017

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today published its third quarterly revalidation report and as we move towards the end of the first year of the revalidation process, figures continue to show excellent results.

Since the introduction of revalidation over 154,000 nurses and midwives have successfully revalidated, with 43,445 completing the process in this quarter alone. Historically, renewal rates for this quarter have been slightly lower than for the previous quarter and we have seen this pattern repeated with 91% of those due to revalidate in this quarter doing so successfully. However, figures remain in line with expectations and with previous years.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said:

“Today’s figures show that revalidation continues to go from strength to strength with nurses, midwives and employers alike continuing to embracing the new process.

“But we are not complacent. We know that three quarters of the register still need go through revalidation for the first time and we will make sure that we support them through every step of the process.”

The NMC will be introducing its first revalidation annual report in the spring which will provide even more information and analysis of the new process. We will also be sharing some early results from our evaluation of the revalidation process.

A full copy of the report can be found on our website.


Notes for editors

  1. For media enquiries, please contact NMC press office on 020 7681 5884 or email
  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.