The first report into revalidation shows that over 35,000 nurses and midwives have completed revalidation based on data collected by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
This equates to 91% of nurses that were due to renew their registration within the first three months of revalidation being introduced. The data shows that renewal rates are in line with expectations and 'there is no evidence of revalidation having an adverse effect on the register'.
NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith, said: 'This demonstrates that nurses and midwives across the four countries are embracing revalidation. Feedback so far is overwhelmingly positive.'
The number of nurses and midwives revalidating varied by size of UK country, with nurses and midwives in England being the largest group (80%), followed by Scotland (9%), Wales (5%), Northern Ireland (4%), and the remaining 2% from outside the UK.
The percentage lapsing in the four UK countries ranged from around 7% to 9% and is in line with previous years’ lapsing rates.
The NMC will continue to produce quarterly reports on revalidation and annual reports with more in-depth data, the first of which will be released next year.