What you need to know about Nurse Revalidation

The date for the start of Nurse Revalidation is drawing ever closer and many nurses and midwives are finding themselves a little overwhelmed at the prospect of working with the new system.

We’ve put together a handy infographic to help you get to grips with all the facts and stats about Nurse Revalidation.

Revalidation takes over from the previous system of PREP (Post, Registration, Education and Practise), which determined whether a nurse’s training and abilities were up to date. PREP standards were found by many professionals to not be fit for purpose; the system had been derided by the profession and was criticised by the committee after it emerged that the NMC only checked 4% of registrants. This led to plans for revalidation being tackled by the NMC.

The new revalidation system means that nurses will have to meet a certain amount of requirements to be eligible to keep their NMC registration and to practise as a nurse. The NMC exists to protect the public and to keep the standards of nursing at a high standard. Because of this, the new system requires a larger amount of information from registered nurses and midwives. The revalidation process allows nurses to practice safely and effectively, and is a continuous process which will need refreshing throughout a professional’s career. Revalidation focuses heavily on the Code of Professional Standards expected of nurses and midwives. It hopes to encourage new skills, and refresh practises to help nurses and midwives to stay up to date with the industry, while strengthening public perception of the professions.

The main points of focus for revalidation can be seen in our infographic, these are:

  • 450 practice hours or 900 if revalidating as both a nurse and midwife
  • 35 hours CPD including 20 hours participatory learning
  • 5 pieces of practice related feedback
  • 5 written reflective accounts
  • Reflective discussions with another NMC registrant
  • Health and character declaration
  • Professional indemnity arrangements
  • Confirmation by a suitable individual

Evidence must be gathered to demonstrate compliance with the new system over a three year period, and should take into account the Code of Conduct which centres around 4 major themes; prioritise people, practice effectively, preserve safety, and promote professionalism and trust.

Revalidation comes into effect from April 2016. Keeping track of your personal revalidation is where it can become tricky. You are able to submit all your relevant information to The NMC in paper form, but many are making this easier by creating an electronic portfolio which keeps all information together and allows you to update your information as and when. To make this process even easier for nurses we have created VITAL; a system which contains all of your revalidation evidence and gives you updates on when certain aspects of your revalidation need to be updated by. Your information is gathered in one place and can be easily submitted to the NMC for approval.

Find more about VITAL here: vital.enterprisestudy.com

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