200,000 nurses and midwives revalidated in first year, says NMC
More than 200,000 nurses and midwives have completed the new system to check they are fit to practise in its first 12 months.
Revalidation, which was launched by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) last April, requires all nurses to demonstrate every three years that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way.
It was described as the biggest regulatory change to the profession in a generation, when it replaced post-registration education and practice.
NMC chief executive Jackie Smith said: 'I'm delighted that the first year of revalidation has been such a success. Despite some initial fears, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with nurses, midwives and employers a like praising revalidation for being simple, straightforward and beneficial to practise.'
Despite fears before revalidation began that many nurses approaching retirement would leave rather than complete the process, there has not been an increase in the number of professionals leaving the register, the NMC said.
The remaining two-thirds of the register will tackle revalidation over the next two years.
Nurses have to write five reflective pieces and have a reflective discussion as part of the eight-step process.
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