Revalidation articles

First wave of nurses apply for revalidation

All nurses and midwives must have reflective discussions about their work to demonstrate they are still fit to practice

All nurses and midwives must have reflective discussions about their work to demonstrate they are still fit to practice.

Abstract

By the beginning of this month, the first nurses to use the new revalidation system will have completed their applications to maintain their registration. By April 2019, every nurse and midwife in the UK will have gone through the system, which was developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The new process, which replaces the post-registration education and practice requirements, is intended to ensure that the 685,000 nurses and midwives on the NMC register have demonstrated that they can practice safely and effectively. It will also encourage them to reflect on the role of the NMC code and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ the standards it sets out.

According to the NMC, revalidation is not about making an assessment of a registrant’s fitness to practice, but about promoting good practice and improving public confidence across the profession.

All nurses will complete an eight-step process before submitting their applications through the NMC Online account. More than 80% of nurses and midwives have already signed up to the online account, and the regulator is urging the remaining registrants to do so as soon as possible.

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This article was first published in print in Learning Disability Practice: volume 19, issue 3

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