Introduction to revalidation
As part of the NMC’s The Code, which became effective from March 2015, all nurses are required to revalidate their registration every 3 years. Revalidation is straightforward and encourages nurses to reflect on the role of The Code in your practice, demonstrating that you are ‘living’ the standards set out within it.
The aims of revalidation are to:
- Improve public protection and professional standards by encouraging a culture of reflection and improvement
- Ensure that nurses and midwives continue to be fit to practise throughout their career
- Give greater confidence to the public, employers and fellow professionals that nurses and midwives are up to date with their practice
- Encourage engagement and challenge isolation
4 themes of The Code
The Code is centred around four themes, with public protection at the core. Together, these themes signify good nursing and midwifery practice.
In advance of revalidation
Register at NMC online and find out your renewal date: www.nmc.org.uk/revalidation Ensure you remain up to date with revalidation developments and tools by checking the above website regularly.
Read The Code, and practise according to its principles.
You must declare that you have, or will have when practising, appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement. Most employers arrange this for employees.
Applying for revalidation
You will receive at least 60 days' notice before revalidation is due. You have these 60 days in which to log into NMC online to complete the revalidation application form. Remember that you will need to have all of the supporting evidence from your revalidation portfolio to hand when you start your online application.