How was it for you?

“The thought of what was involved was very stressful but surprisingly it came together quite nicely in the end. There was quite a bit to do – to get all the paperwork together, but by chipping away at it, on the day of the assessment with my line manager, it ran very smoothly.

Now that I have all the work together in one place, it will be far easier the next time, and much easier to add bits to it as I go along.”

Revalidation provides benefits for you as a nurse or midwife but also to the people you care for. It encourages a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement and will be an ongoing process throughout your career.

Below are some useful tips we think might help you through the process.

Top 7 tips

1. Prepare for your revalidation 6 months in advance.

It’s not just a case of pulling your paperwork together, you will also need to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for your reflective pieces.

2. Speak to someone who has already been through the process.

Ask questions and make notes so you know what is required.

3. Always link your experiences to the NMC code.

Appraisers and Confirmers will look at how you have incorporated the code and made it a part of your working life as a healthcare professional.

4. Keep all your paperwork together.

Add your training insights and reflections to the back of the certificate whilst they’re fresh in your mind.

5. Read articles and magazines.

A good few months before your revalidation, giving you time to digest and apply the information.

6. Get feedback from colleagues and patients you have a good rapport with.

Remember, to ask for consent and explain that you need the feedback for your revalidation.

7. Enjoy it! It’s your chance to showcase the amazing work you are doing!

About the author

NHS Professionals administrator

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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