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Revalidation came into effect across the country in April 2016, we take a look at the core requirements.

Read our article to explain what does revalidation mean to you?

Watch the video on revalidation and what it means for you

Revalidation is a process that all midwives and nurses need to engage with to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively throughout their career. It is easy, straightforward and will help midwives and nurses develop as professionals. More information about revalidation can be found on the NMC website.

Revalidation will provide benefits for you as a nurse or midwife as well as the people you care for. It will help to encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement and will be an ongoing process throughout your career.

It is important to know that revalidation is not about making an assessment of your fitness to practise; it is about promoting good practice across the whole population of nurses and midwives, as well as strengthening public confidence in the nursing and midwifery professions.

The NMC have provided documents to help you:

If you are due to renew your NMC registration you’ll go through revalidation. But what does that involve? Nurses and midwives who have completed revalidation explain their experiences.

Core requirements:

1. How does revalidation differ from PREP?
For midwives, not much. To revalidate you need to show 450 practice hours (or 900 hours if you have a dual registration as midwife and nurse), 35 hours of CPD that must include 20 hours of participatory learning, good health and character and indemnity cover.

2. Does practice-related feedback have to be written?
No, practice-related feedback can be written or verbal.

3. How do I show my five pieces of practice-related feedback?
Feedback can be shown in a number of ways. It can be from service users, work colleagues, tutors or medical colleagues. It can be about you or about the team within which you work. You will, however, need to keep a record of the discussion and the verbal feedback received for future reference. Your record should include who the feedback is from (you need to maintain confidentiality, for example, you should use line manager, colleague or service user, rather than the individual’s name) and what the feedback was about (it can be either positive or it can offer a critique of your practice). You should also consider how you used the feedback to improve your practice. RCM’s professional online portfolio, i-folio, is ideal for keeping this evidence together. You should inform those who have provided feedback that you intend to use it and that it is anonymised.

4. What format should my five pieces of written and signed reflection take?
Your written reflection can be on a CPD activity, an incident of practice-related feedback or an event or experience in your professional practice. Reflective accounts can be on theory or practice. You will need to explain what you learnt from the topic and how this relates to the NMC code. The NMC has provided a form that you must use to record these five reflective accounts.

5. When exactly do I need to revalidate?
You will receive an email or a letter from the NMC reminding you at least 60 days before your application is due. You can find out your registration renewal date on the NMC website. Your application must be submitted by the first of the month in which you are due to revalidate.

6. Do I have to revalidate online, or can I do it by post?
You must revalidate online, unless you have a disability or impairment that prevents you from doing so.

7. Can the appraisal or supervisory review count towards the reflective discussion?
Yes, you can use your annual review with your SoM as an opportunity to have your reflective discussion. It does need to be a face-to-face conversation.

8. Can I choose my confirmer to sign off  my revalidation?
Yes, though the NMC strongly recommends that this should be your line manager, even if they are not an NMC-registered midwife/nurse. If there is no line manager, wherever possible, choose an NMC-registered individual as your confirmer. The NMC says that, if there is no line manager and no access to an NMC registrant, another regulated healthcare professional would suffice. This might be a dietician, social worker, or occupational therapist. If this is not possible, a confirmer could come from a list of other professionals that includes a judge, MP, barrister, and fi re service official. But the NMC warns that if a confirmer is chosen from this list (see ‘More information’ box for a link to a list of appropriate confirmers), you are more likely to be required to provide further information as part of the verification process. The five reflections must be discussed with an NMC registrant.

9.  Will the NMC want to see my portfolio?
No, once you have submitted your revalidation application online, only a small percentage of registrants will be selected for verification. If you are selected, the NMC will contact you and explain what evidence they need from you and how you should present it.

10. What sorts of things count as evidence for CPD and how can I show I have met my practice hour requirements?
See box below.

11. How do you declare that you’re of good health if you are on long-term sick or disabled?
If the sickness or disability is temporary and there is an expectation that, once resolved, you are fit to practise, then you can sign the form. If you have a prolonged illness or any concerns about this, you should contact the NMC.

12.  How are your practice hours worked out if you have been on maternity leave?
It might be that you are on maternity leave for two separate years in a three-year period. If you have been on leave and are due to revalidate in the next 12 months, you should contact the NMC. If you are away from practice and not able to complete 450 practice hours, you may need to undertake an RTP programme.

RCM resources available to you to support your revalidation

The RCM have produced a number of resources to support your revalidation.

  • The RCM i-learn Revalidation course (in the Professional and Practice category) exploring what has changed because of revalidation, what midwives need to do to maintain their effective registration and where to go for further help or advice as well as considering how the RCM, i-learn and i-folio can help you with this process.
  • As an RCM member, you have access to over 100 courses on i-learn. From 10 minute updates on key clinical areas to the 10 hour leadership course, there is a course to support your learning. Access i-learn now
  • RCM members receive access to either member prices or free places at our face to face courses.
  • RCM members can access our free webinars

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