The April Revalidation
All nurses currently require an RGN PIN; they must also undergo revalidation, to ensure that they practice safely. If your Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) renewal date is before April 2016, it is important to understand the revalidation process. From November 2015, there have been changes to lapsed registrations, and the grace period for renewal has been removed. Be sure not to miss your renewal date; you’ll not be able to practice until you’ve reapplied. The new process replaces the previous Prep requirements, and nurses and midwives will have to revalidate every three years when they renew their place on the register.
According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the revalidation process allows nurses and midwives to demonstrate that they “practice safely and effectively, strengthening public confidence in the nursing and midwifery professions. Revalidation is about promoting good practice across the whole population of nurses and midwives. It’s not an assessment of a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practice.”
The requirements for revalidation include (from the NMC website):
– 450 practice hours or 900 if revalidating as both a nurse and midwife
– 35 hours CPD including 20 hours participatory learning
– Five pieces of practice-related feedback
– Five written reflective accounts
– Reflective discussion
– Health and character declaration
– Professional indemnity arrangements
At Links Care, we suggest approaching your revalidation with the following process:
- Know your renewal and revalidation date
Log-in to, or set-up an NMC Online account – a secure site which allows you to manage your registration and update your personal details. Here you will find details of your renewal date.
For your revalidation date, you will receive a notification from the NMC at least 60 days before your application is due; however, the NMC have confirmed that your revalidation application date is ‘the first day of the month in which your registration expires’. For example, if your registration expire on the 27th of March, your revalidation date is the 1st of March. Keeping this in mind, it’s a good idea to post your application two weeks prior to the revalidation date, to make sure it arrives on time.
- Create a “personal portfolio pack”
Start a folder, both online and offline, of work-related information, to help with your yearly renewal. This should be a collection of payslips, certificates, feedback, evaluation forms and other professionally related documents. Remember, you may receive a request by the NMC for a spot check, during your renewal process.
- Use free resources as templates and forms to help you organise your work.
If you don’t have access to free resources through your agency, take advantage of the range of templates and forms as issued by the NMC on their website:
Reflective accounts form (mandatory)
Reflective discussion form (mandatory)
Confirmation form (mandatory)
Practice hours log template (suggested)
Continuing professional development log template (suggested)
We hope that with these organisational tips, your revalidation process goes smoothly and simply.