Reflective accounts

Revalidation

Reading a CPD article improved Linda Thorley’s understanding of how to fulfil the requirements of the NMC revalidation process
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Reading a CPD article improved Linda Thorleys understanding of how to fulfil the requirements of the NMC revalidation process.

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article discussed the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation process, which replaced the post-registration education and practice requirements in April 2016. It stated that nurses and midwives must undertake revalidation every three years to renew their NMC registration.

What did you learn from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article outlined the requirements for re-registering with the NMC. Nurses must provide evidence that over a three-year period they have completed 450 practice hours; undertaken 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activity, of which 20

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Reading a CPD article improved Linda Thorley’s understanding of how to fulfil the requirements of the NMC revalidation process.​


Nurses must collate evidence of their competence when revalidating their registration Photo: iStock

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article discussed the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation process, which replaced the post-registration education and practice requirements in April 2016. It stated that nurses and midwives must undertake revalidation every three years to renew their NMC registration.

What did you learn from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article outlined the requirements for re-registering with the NMC. Nurses must provide evidence that over a three-year period they have completed 450 practice hours; undertaken 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activity, of which 20 hours must be participatory; written five reflective accounts, and have five pieces of practice-related feedback.

Nurses must also undertake a reflective discussion with another registered nurse or midwife, and have signed confirmation that they have complied with the revalidation requirements.

I have learned that the five pieces of practice-related feedback required can be obtained from patients, service users, carers or colleagues. Inspections, complaints, team performance or annual appraisals can also be used. The article emphasised the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality when detailing feedback.

How did you change or improve your practice?

Reading the article has improved my awareness of the requirements for revalidation. It has also enhanced my understanding of participatory CPD activities, which must involve interaction with at least one other person or take place in a group setting. I have learned that a virtual environment such as an online discussion forum is also acceptable. 

I feel that participatory learning provides an opportunity to develop new ways of learning and sharing individual specialist knowledge with a wider audience. In my role as a trainer in a care home, I am continually developing new ways to communicate information, through presentations, questionnaires, supervision and booklets. This can be used towards my personal training, reflection and feedback.

The NMC recommends that evidence required for revalidation is kept in a portfolio. The portfolio should be a continual log of information, which should be kept for at least three years until revalidation is due again. I have continued to keep my portfolio up to date in preparation for revalidation.

How is this relevant to the Code? Select one or more themes: Prioritise people, Practise effectively, Preserve safety, Promote professionalism and trust

The Code was updated in response to public inquiries into failings in care. It is central to revalidation because registered nurses and midwives are asked to reflect on their performance based on the professional standards and values of The Code. Therefore, the article relates to all four themes of The Code.

The theme of promoting professionalism and trust states that nurses must fulfil all registration requirements, as outlined in the CPD article. In addition, it states nurses must uphold the reputation of their profession at all times. The signed confirmation that the nurse has met all revalidation requirements adds credibility to the process, and provides assurance. It also increases professionalism through accountability.

I will continue to practise with professionalism, competence and accountability, and act as a role model for less experienced staff.

Linda Thorley is a deputy nurse manager at Rock Cottage Care Home, Staffordshire


This reflective account is based on NS815 Myatt R (2015) Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation. Nursing Standard. 30, 7, 52-59. These questions are the same as those on the NMC templates that UK nurses and midwives must use for revalidation.

Write your own reflective account 

You can gain a certificate of learning by reading a Nursing Standard CPD article and writing a reflective account. To write a reflective account for Nursing Standard, use the NMC reflective accounts form 

Complete the four questions about the CPD article you have just read, writing about 800 words in total. Details of how to submit your reflective account 
journals.rcni.com/r/reflective-account

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