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Record as you learn so that revalidation does not catch you out

Most nurses will meet the NMC's revalidation requirements easily, but can you prove it? Here we offer some advice on how to do it.

Nurses have been used to maintaining their continual professional development since PREP was introduced in 1995. But many feel apprehensive about the forthcoming CPD aspects of revalidation.

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Under the new system, which comes into effect in April 2016, you will need to provide evidence that you have undertaken a minimum of 35 hours’ relevant CPD activity since you last renewed your registration, or joined the register.

Of this, 20 hours must involve participatory learning – activity that involves interaction with at least one other person.

Keeping accurate records of all your learning activities, and writing reflective accounts, is central to revalidation. The NMC recommends you keep all your learning accounts and reflections in a portfolio, along with all your revalidation evidence. You can download templates for this

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