Revalidation is the process that allows nurses and midwives to maintain their registration with the NMC. As part of this process, all nurses and midwives need to meet a range of requirements designed to show that they are keeping up-to-date and actively maintaining their ability to practice safely and effectively. Nurses and midwives need to collect evidence and maintain records to demonstrate to a confirmer that they have met the revalidation requirements.
Some of the requirements for revalidation; such as recording and reflecting on Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and completing the correct number of practice hours are similar to the existing PREP standards. This means most nurses and midwives will currently meet some of the elements for NMC revalidation.
Revalidation is not an assessment of;
- A nurse or midwife’s fitness to practice
- A new way to raise fitness to practice concerns
- An assessment against the requirements of their current or former employment.
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.