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Revalidation offers nurses and midwives opportunities

As the first tranche of nurses go through the new system, primary care professionals explain its significance

As the first tranche of nurses go through the new system, primary care professionals explain its significance.

Abstract

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

The new process – which replaces the Prep requirements – aims to ensure that the 685,000 registrants demonstrate they remain able to practice safely and effectively. It is intended to encourage nurses to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ its standards. According to the NMC, it is not about making an assessment of a registrant’s fitness to practise, but about promoting good practice and improving public confidence.

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

NMC director of registration Tom Kirkbride, says: ‘This is a significant change for nurses and it builds on good practice that is out there in the health sector already. It gives the public and other stakeholders a very visible sense of the activity that takes place.’

Mr Kirkbride says that it is not a complex process to complete.

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This article was first published in print in Primary Health Care: volume 26, issue 3

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