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Revalidation 'has been straightforward so far'

Member feedback suggests new process is off to a smooth start, says Unison's head of nursing

Unison's head of nursing said the first month of revalidation has been ‘quite straightforward’, based on feedback from union members who have undergone the process.

Speaking at the union’s health conference in Brighton today, Gail Adams said Unison has gained feedback on the process via revalidation workshops and webinars for members.

Gail Adams

With the first cohort of 16,000 registrants due to complete the Nursing and Midwifery Council's new process for registration renewal by the end of this week, Ms Adams said: ‘Ultimately, I think registrants have found it quite straightforward so far.

‘It is not a large number that have gone through in April. The biggest is in September, when 51,000 will go through. I am more worried about bigger numbers, getting them through.’

During a session on revalidation, Ms Adam shared tips for undertaking revalidation, such as collecting the evidence required ahead of time and not waiting to receive a three-month reminder letter from the NMC. 

She also said nurses should find out what support their employer provides for revalidation, and use their development reviews at work to raise any gaps in their learning that could affect their application.

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