Voices - Revalidation might be easier than you think, suggests Janet Finch

Revalidation is the single biggest change to nursing and midwifery regulation in years. It is important we get it right, so when the Nursing and Midwifery Council meets in October, we will be seeking assurances that nurses and midwives in the four countries of the UK, and the NMC, are ready before we take the final decision to go ahead.

Revalidation has been piloted in 19 sites across the UK, and initial findings from the independent evaluation of the pilots are encouraging. Many of those who participated felt revalidation was more straightforward than expected.

A large number are already reflecting on their practice regularly, meaning revalidation will build on work they are already doing. There was also a sense that new requirements, such as collecting feedback and recording reflections, will become second nature over time.

The revalidation pilots also highlighted areas where further work is needed, and resources are being channelled into these areas. The guidance is being updated in response to feedback that said it needed to be simplified, and work is being done to communicate revalidation more effectively to the primary care, independent and social care sectors.

Revalidation will ensure everyone on the register makes reflecting on the Code and feedback a central part of their professional lives. If each of the 683,000 nurses and midwives in the UK lifts just one area of their practice to an even higher standard, it will have a huge effect on the professions and on public protection.

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