Historic decision as NMC approves revalidation

A new era in regulation for nurses began today (Thursday 8) as members of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) voted to approve the process known as revalidation.

The historic decision to boost professional standards – which makes the profession subject to similar checks introduced for doctors in 2012 – was made at the latest Council meeting.

It means 685,000 people on the register will now have demonstrate on a three-yearly basis that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way.

The move which is the most significant change in a generation has been discussed ever since the Francis report into failings at Mid–Staffordshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. A total of 19 pilots were run around the UK to test how effective the measure would be.

To remain on the register, nurses and midwives will have to show that are staying up to date in their professional practice and living the values of their professional Code by seeking feedback from patients and colleagues and engaging in a regular process of reflection, learning and improvement.

For the first time, they will also have to obtain confirmation from another professional that they have met all the requirements.

NMC chief executive and registrar, Jackie Smith, said: ‘The NMC holds one of the largest registers of healthcare professionals in the world, and the introduction of revalidation is the most significant regulatory change in our history.

 Download our free guide to revalidation‘We believe that revalidation will give the public confidence that the people who care for them are continuously striving to improve their practice.

‘Indeed, nurses and midwives who piloted the new model told us that they too believe it will deliver real benefits in raising standards and protecting the public.’

All four UK countries are ready to implement the new system, which will be introduced from April next year.

Download our cut-out-and-keep guide to the main issues of revalidation here


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