Revalidation: Demonstrate what you do

Revalidations: demonstrate what you do

From April 2016 when you need to renew your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you will also need to revalidate so you can continue practising as a registered nurse or midwife.

Revalidation is built on existing Post registration education and practice (Prep). The purpose of revalidation is to improve public protection by making sure that you remain fit to practice throughout your career.

NHS Professionals’ 8 step programme shows at a glance how to meet revalidation requirements.

Revalidation is an opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate learning through written reflections and professional discussions, including clinical supervision
  • Develop new learning opportunities
  • Enhance quality patient care, through the sharing of good practice, reflection and quality improvement

The key is recognising that:

  • Reflection helps your understanding of the role of The Code in professional practice and demonstrates that you are meeting the standards by reinforcing the importance of providing high quality patient care in accordance with professional standards.
  • Taking the time to reflect on your practice helps you to identify changes required or improvements to be made, with the Code being central to this.
    You need to reflect on the good times as well as the bad, reflect on what went well and what you would want to do better
  • Learning does not have to be about attending a formal course but using the many learning opportunities in the work environment; such as the experiencing of an event or incident that has made you think about your clinical practice or a change that you have initiated in your Trust or Ward.
  • Every experience is an opportunity for new learning, from handover to delivery of complex care.  Such experiences provide opportunities to learn about new diagnoses being made, new care being prescribed and the importance of sharing information succinctly and efficiently with the multi-disciplinary team. Identifying potential gaps in service delivery and initiating a change in practice, for example, could be considered an ideal opportunity for learning and support personal reflection that can be utilised for Revalidation.



For many of us reflection is something we do when on our way home from work. Revalidation simply requires us to write our reflections down using the mandatory NMC template. If you are someone who likes to have something that guides your thoughts a model such as Gibbs (1988) reflective model can help.

The Reflective Cycle (Gibbs, 1998)

However, using a model is not mandatory and you may choose not to use this approach.

Opportunities NHS Professionals provides:

  • NHS Professionals provides a number of on-line opportunities for learning through The Managed Learning Environment (MLE) and Virtual College.
  • There are 21 e-learning modules available via the MLE, which can be accessed by logging in here
  • There are also 16 e-learning modules available via Virtual College, which provide you with an opportunity to up-date your professional knowledge. As a registered nurse you have access to all of these.

To self–register for the Virtual College modules you will need to

  1. Access the site
  2. Select ENGLAND in the regional options on the right hand side of the screen
  3. Select the option to ‘Register’ for the first time.
  4. Click the check box to confirm you have read and agree with the learner statement
  5. Click ‘Register’
  6. Select the organisation ‘non – NHS England’ from the drop down list
  7. Select the department ‘NHS Professionals – England’ from the drop down list
  8. Click ‘Register’
  9. Click the check boxes adjacent to the courses you wish to study
  10. Click ‘Register’
  11. Complete the New User Registration Form including the organisation code 445323 and click ‘Register’

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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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