Revalidation – what does it mean for you?


There are some changes taking place with the way you renew your nursing registration, so we have spoken to Karen Barraclough Head of NHSP Governance about how these will affect you.

Hi Karen, what are these changes and how will they affect our Bank members?
From October 2015, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NCM) requires all nurses and midwives to familiarise themselves with the revalidation requirements and start developing their portfolio. It has been proposed that the first set of nurses and midwives to revalidate will be those with a renewal date in April 2016. Therefore it is important that everyone understands this process from now.

Every three years, at the point of your renewal of registration, you will need to show that as a professional, you are living by the NMC Code’s standards of practice and behaviour.

So how will this benefit our Bank members?
The revalidation process will be built on the current prep requirements and participation is on an on-going basis rather than a point in time assessment. All Nurses and Midwives will need to meet a range of requirements, designed to show that they are keeping up to date and actively maintaining their fitness to practice.

The aim of the revalidation is to:
• Improve public protection and professional standards
• Strengthen professionalism and practice

What is the process?
In order to complete the revalidation process you will need to provide evidence to meet a number of requirements:

• 450 hours of practice or 900 hours for dual registration
• CPD-40 hours of continual professional development
• You must obtain practice related feedback over the three years prior to the renewal of your registration
• You must record your written reflection and discuss these with other NMC registered nurses and midwives
• You must provide a health and character declaration
• You must declare that you have or will have appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement
• You will need to demonstrate to a third party that you have met the revalidation process and keep an accurate and up-to-date portfolio.

So what should our Bank members do now?
Our Bank members will need to find out their renewal date as it has been proposed that the first nurses and midwives to revalidate will be those with a renewal date in April 2016. So, in order to give you time to prepare, it is recommended that you follow the three simple steps below.

1. Register at NCM online where you can also find out your renewal date
2. Read the code and practice according to its principles
3. Ensure that you are up-to-date on revalidation development and tools by checking the NMC website regularly.

How do our Bank members find out more?
For more information on revalidation, it is recommended that you visit the revalidation website by clicking here.

Thank you for your time Karen and we look forward to hearing from you soon on other updates throughout the year! NHS Professionals strongly believe in this process and encourage all our Bank members to ensure you are able to fully complete the revalidation process in order to provide the best practice possible to ensure high levels of patient care and safety.

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NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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