All nurses and midwives looking to work in the UK in the NHS must be registered with the NMC – the equivalent of the GMC for such healthcare professionals. As part of NMC registration, revalidation is required every three years to ensure continuous development and reflection on the practice. The process helps maintain public confidence in nursing and midwifery, promoting a culture of improvement and care.
Requirements for Revalidation
The requirements for revalidation are multifold. Here we have outlined the requirements and what is needed to fulfil them:
- Practice hours: The NMC require you to have completed 450 practice hours, or 900 hours, if revalidating as both a nurse and midwife. You should maintain a record of practice hours you have completed, including dates of practice, how many hours, evidence of these hours, name and address of your organisation, the scope of practice and a description of the work you have undertaken.
- CPD: Over the three-year period since your last revalidation, you must have completed 35 hours of continuous professional development, 20 of which must have been participatory. The NMC have published a guide on the evidence required and types of activities that can count towards your CPD.
- Practice-related feedback: Over the three-year period since your last revalidation, you must have acquired five instances of practice-related feedback. This feedback should inform your reflective accounts – and you should outline how you implemented feedback to improve your practice.
- Written reflective accounts: Over the three-year period since your last revalidation, you must have compiled five written reflective accounts. These should explain what you learnt from your CPD activity, or feedback, or experience in your practice. You must make sure your accounts do not include any personal data.
- Reflective discussion: With another registered NMC member, you must have had aa discussion about your five written reflective accounts, your practice-related feedback, or your experience within your practice.
- Health and character: You must provide a health and character declaration, demonstrating that you are able to practise effectively.
- Professional indemnity arrangement: You must have a professional indemnity arrangement in order to practise legally. This can be arranged through your employer, membership of a professional body or a private insurance arrangement.
- Confirmation: You must provide the name, NMC pin, email address, professional address, and postcode of your confirmer. Where possible, your confirmer should be your line manager, who doesn’t have to be an NMC registered nurse or midwife.
It is also a good idea to familiarise yourself with The Code – the professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives, set out by the NMC.
Revalidation must be on the first day of the month of which your registration expires – for example, if your renewal date is the 30th of April, your revalidation application date will be 1 April.
In addition to revalidation every three years, NMC members must also pay an annual registration fee.
For more information on the revalidation process and its requirements, Remedium has a dedicated team of experts available to discuss anything mentioned above and how we can help you on your journey within the NHS.
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