Nurse and Midwife Revalidation
Revalidation builds on existing renewal requirements by introducing new elements which encourage nurses and midwives to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ the standards set out within it.
This means that nearly 16,000 nurses and midwives will be the first to revalidate in April 2016, with all 685,000 to go through the process over the next three years.
Whilst revalidation is the responsibility of the healthcare professional, employers have a key role in helping to provide supportive environments and resources to ensure staff successfully revalidate and are registered to work in your settings.
Revalidation will help to encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement amongst nurses and midwives and will be a continuous process that nurses and midwives will have to engage with throughout their career. It will allow nurses and midwives to demonstrate that they practice safely and effectively, strengthening public confidence in the nursing and midwifery professions.
Revalidation is about promoting good practice across the whole population of nurses and midwives. It’s not an assessment of a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise. For more information and support if you are a nurse or midwife you can access information here: http://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/revalidation/