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Finally, proof that revalidation is not the nightmare many feared

I come from an academic background, so am acutely aware of the importance of measuring outcomes in quantifiable terms. I was pleased with our latest revalidation figures because they clearly show that the introduction of the process has been a major success.

I come from an academic background, so am acutely aware of the importance of measuring outcomes in quantifiable terms. I was pleased with our latest revalidation figures because they clearly show that the introduction of the process has been a major success.

Revalidation is about putting public protection at the heart of the nursing and midwifery professions, so that every patient can be sure they are receiving safe care from people continually developing and reflecting on their practice. I am thrilled that our registrants have found revalidation rewarding. For it to be truly transformational, it needs the full support of nurses and midwives.

Any change creates unease and I heard legitimate concerns about the process before we launched. Some worried about the time revalidation might take to complete and the amount of evidence it required. Latest figures show that more than 90% of those due to revalidate in April successfully renewed their registration through revalidation. Only 1,401 left the register, about the same proportion who left in April in previous years. That is clear evidence that revalidation is not the barrier some feared.

Beneath the figures an even more positive story is emerging. Nurses and midwives say it is far easier than expected and beneficial to their practice.

Revalidation has inspired nurses and midwives to be the best they can be and ensures their outcomes have a quantifiable impact where it matters most – in delivering excellent patient care.

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