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Nurse Revalidation: who, when, what and how?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 | Revalidation

In order to retain their NMC registration, all nurses will have to go through the new revalidation process as of 2016 – replacing the existing Prep and renewal system.

Kare Plus has received lots of questions from nurses about what the process means and how they go about it. Well, below we have a breakdown of the 'ifs', 'whats' and 'buts' to ensure all nurses are ready for the change and have as little to worry about as possible.

All registered nurses and midwives will have to complete the revalidation process in order to keep their PIN. Everyone who falls under this category will have received an email asking them to login to their NMC account, which is your online portal for all revalidation advice, news and application. 

To access your account, or if you have forgotten your login details, visit the NMC website here.

From April 2016, every registered nurse and midwife will be required to have all their evidence collated and be ready to apply for revalidation by the date of their annual NMC registration. This process has to be completed every three years.

Nurse revalidation requires a record of practice hours, CPD, practice-related feedback, written reflective accounts, reflective discussion, your health and character, professional indemnity agreement and confirmation from an approved confirmer. The NMC table below provides a breakdown of what they consider sufficient evidence for these categories.

What evidence is needed for Nurse Revalidation?

As previously stated, logging in to your new revalidation account will help guide you through the process. It will also be where you apply to the NMC for revalidation.

You will be required to collate an array of evidence to show you are meeting revalidation requirements by practicing safely and effectively. We suggest you begin collecting this supporting evidence over the whole three years before each revalidation so you have a strong bank of evidence to pull from and there’s no last minute panic. Once you feel you have collected all the necessary evidence, you will need to meet with a confirmer (ideally a line manager) to discuss your evidence and demonstrate your ability to practice in accordance with NMC guidelines. Following this, you will then need to go on to your NMC account, declare you have complied with the requirements and apply for revalidation – all before your registration date passes.

There is a chance that you may be part of the NMC’s annual sample, required to provide further information to support your application. In this case, the NMC will not revalidate you until this process has been completed.

And how will Kare Plus help you?
With so much information needed from you, we want to make your life as simple as possible. It can be easy to jot down notes about your personal development and timesheets, only for them to be forgotten about and never be seen again.

This is why we will be providing template forms for your personal development, appraisals and hours worked. On top of this, your Kare Plus manager can provide nurses with a list of all times and dates they have ever worked for us – taking another load of their mind.


Hopefully, this helps clear up some of the questions many nurses have aired to us over the last few weeks and months. As always though, Kare Plus will be providing ongoing support to all our nurses; offering guidance, advice and access to confirmers.


More revalidation news:
Have you logged in to your NMC revalidation account yet?

Why Revalidation could cause a third of nurses to retire

30,000 nurses to be revalidated in first quarter of 2016/17

Nurse Revalidation: NMC claims decline in nurses “no cause for concern”

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