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Nursing and Midwifery Council new revalidation process

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) describe revalidation as follows:

Revalidation is a process that all nurses and midwives will need to engage with to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively throughout their career. It is easy, straightforward and will help nurses and midwives develop as professionals.

Who does it affect?

All nurses, midwives and health visitors who are registered with the NMC will need to revalidate in order to stay on the register. It is a legal requirement to be on the NMC register to be able to practice in the UK.

When will revalidation be introduced?

The NMC has supported pilot sites in a range of settings to test out the proposals. The findings from these pilots will be reviewed by the NMC in October 2015. It will then be rolled out to take effect for registrants who are due to renew from April 2016 onwards over a three year period.

How will I know my renewal date?

Nurses and midwives currently pay an annual fee to the NMC. Every 3 years you are asked to sign a Notification of Practice to declare that you have met PREP requirements and are of good health and good character. The next time this is due is your renewal date and by this date you need to be able to met the new requirements. For some nurses and midwives this will be in 2016, others may not be due to renew until 2018.

If you cannot remember your renewal date you can find it by logging into NMC Online here: www.nmc.org.uk/registration/nmc-online/

How is this process different to PREP?

All nurses and midwives are currently required to renew their registration every three years under the current scheme known as PREP ( Post Registration Education and Practice). Revalidation will strengthen the renewal process by introducing new requirements that focus on:

  • up-to-date practice and professional development
  • reflection on the professional standards of practice and behaviour as set out in the Code, and
  • engagement in professional discussions with other registered nurses or midwives”

(NMC, 2015)

The proposed revalidation requirements 

Here is a summary of the requirements that are being proposed which is available on the RCNi website (http://rcni.com/workplace/revalidation).

Practice hours
you must practice for a minimum of 450 hours over the three years preceding the date of your application for renewal of your registration (900 hours if you are a nurse and a midwife).

Continuing professional development (CPD)
You must undertake 40 hours of CPD relevant to your scope of practice as a nurse or a midwife. Of these, 20 hours must be through participatory learning.  Participatory learning includes any learning activity in which you personally interacted with other people. You must maintain accurate records of the CPD you have undertaken

Practice-related feedback
You must obtain at least five pieces of practice-related feedback. This could be feedback from patients, service users, carers, students or colleagues.

Reflection and discussion
You must record a minimum of five written reflections on the NMC Code, your CPD and practice-related feedback. You must have a professional development discussion about these reflections with another nurse or midwife who is NMC-registered. You must ensure this other NMC registrant signs a form recording their name, NMC Pin, email, professional address and postcode, as well as the date you had the discussion.

Health and character
You must provide a health and character declaration and you must declare if you have been convicted of any criminal offence or issued with a formal caution over three years prior to the renewal of your registration.

Professional indemnity
You must declare that you have appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement (or will have when practising).

Confirmation from a third party
You will need to demonstrate to a third party that you have met the revalidation requirements. Usually this person will be your line manager and does not have to be an NMC registrant. If you do not have a line manager there are other ways to get this confirmation.

The NMC strongly recommends keeping evidence you have met these requirements in a portfolio.

What happens if I don’t revalidate?

It is a legal requirement to be on the NMC register to be able to practice in the UK. If you decide not to revalidate you will not be able to practice in any capacity as a registered nurse or midwife. This applies to all healthcare settings, not just the NHS.

If at a later date you want to return to the register, you will need to follow NMC requirements which could involve a Return to Practice  course

What should I do to prepare for revalidation?

  1. Familiarise yourself with the requirements.
  2. Register with NMC Online and check your renewal date.
  3. Ensure the NMC have your up to date contact details.
  4. Read and practice the new NMC Code of Conduct (March 2015).
  5. Start to collect evidence of your practice hours and CPD. There are templates available for this on the NMC revalidation website to help you record this and develop your portfolio.
  6. Consider what you could use as examples of feedback for your reflective practice.
  7. If you are not familiar with reflective writing, see what resources and help are available to you.
  8. Have a discussion with your employer so that they are familiar with the requirements you need to meet.
  9. Consider who you could approach for your professional discussion as this person needs to be another NMC registrant.
  10. Keep up to date with developments on revalidation by signing up to the NMC newsletter and discussing this with colleagues.


How do I keep up to date with latest developments on revalidation?

The NMC has a website with updates and resources on revalidation available here; http://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/revalidation/revalidation-guidance-and-resources/

The NMC also publishes regular e newsletters which you can sign up for here: http://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/revalidation/stay-up-to-date-on-revalidation/

Information is also available on Twitter:



You can search Twitter using the hashtag #revalidation

Other resources

New NMC Code of Conduct ( March 2015) is available here: www.nmc.org.uk/standards/code/

NMC Information for employers is available here:  http://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/revalidation/revalidation-for-employers/

Royal College of Nursing resources are available here:   http://rcni.com/workplace/revalidation

This is a link to a short animation on NMC revalidation  by the RCNi:  http://rcni.com/workplace/revalidation/rcni-animated-guide-revalidation-25386

New NMC How To Guide Oct 2015: http://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/revalidation/how-to-revalidate-booklet.pdf

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