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Revalidation is a chance to develop, so make the most of it

The momentous decision to introduce revalidation marks the start of a new era for the UK’s 690,000 nurses and midwives, in which they will be empowered to embrace the Code and learn from other professionals through meaningful discussions.

The momentous decision to introduce revalidation marks the start of a new era for the UK’s 690,000 nurses and midwives, in which they will be empowered to embrace the Code and learn from other professionals through meaningful discussions.

A huge amount of work went into preparing for revalidation, with hundreds of people taking part in our revalidation pilot earlier this year. As well as helping us to identify where we needed to make improvements, this showed the willingness to engage with revalidation and to make the process as effective and beneficial as possible.

The first nurses and midwives to revalidate will do so in April 2016. Thousands more will then go through the process for the first time every month over the following three years, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council will be there to provide support. We have already published detailed, informative documents to ensure each part of the process is fully understood by every individual and organisation involved.

As the first revalidation dates draw closer, it is important that every nurse and midwife reads our ‘how to revalidate’ guidance, and has an NMC Online account. Those who are due to revalidate in April should start thinking now about how they will meet the requirements.

We are at the beginning of the journey to make revalidation a part of everyday practice. Wherever you work, revalidation is an opportunity to develop professionally and showcase your skills.

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