Revalidation is a process which all nurses and midwives in the UK require to sustain their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It became operational in April 2016.
Revalidation is a simple process which gives confidence to the nurses and midwives. It will allow them to show that their practice is safe and effective. It will encourage them to contemplate over ‘the Code of Practice’ and demonstrate that they are following the set of standards described in it, properly.
The old process of Prep requirements has now been replaced completely by Revalidation. It is valid for a period of three years after which all nurses and midwives must renew their registration.
To go through the revalidation process, an online application has to be submitted. For this, having an NMC Online account is a must. You can get one by clicking on this link:https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/nmc-online/
NMC offers to make reasonable adjustments for those with a disability, who might not be able to use NMC Online. It also caters for those who for some exceptional reasons cannot meet the requirements of Revalidation. To get more details about these, view the guidance sheet here:https://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/revalidation/alternative-support-guidance-sheet.pdf
For more information and guidance, click on the following link:http://revalidation.nmc.org.uk/download-resources/guidance-and-information
• 450 practice hours, or 900 if renewing as both a nurse and midwife
• 35 hours of CPD including 20 hours of participatory learning
• Five pieces of practice-related feedback
• Five written reflective accounts
• Reflective discussion
• Health and character declaration
• Professional indemnity arrangement
Revalidation equally benefits the nurses, midwives and the clients they care for. It promotes an environment of sharing and caring. It encourages the nurses and midwives to reflect upon their code of practices and as a result perfect their performance and boost their confidence. This process continues throughout their career.
This process is not designed to judge their ability to practise as a nurse or midwife. In fact it is there to encourage positivity amongst the staff and reinforce the public’s confidence in the nurses and midwives.