Nearly 95% of nurses due to revalidate between July and September have completed the process, according to data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
A total of 75,513 nurses and midwives successfully renewed their registration during this period. A total of 80,668 were due to revalidate.
The number of nurses and midwives who did not revalidate is in line with rates from previous years, at approximately 5%.
‘While the first three months of revalidation were a success we knew the second quarter would be more challenging, with September seeing more than three times as many nurses and midwives going through the process compared with other months,’ said Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar.
Around 1065 revalidated through the exceptional circumstances procedure, which allows nurses and midwives who were unable to meet the standard requirements, due to maternity leave or long-term illness, to finish their portfolios.
‘Figures for this period are extremely positive and it is clear that nurses, midwives and employers continue to embrace the new process,’ added Ms Smith.
Of those that allowed their registration to lapse, 1685 nurses elected to not undergo the process, along with 96 midwives. A further 2497 did not report to the NMC that they were going to allow their registration to lapse.
‘While the first six months of revalidation have been extremely successful, we know that over the course of the next two and a half years, hundreds of thousands more nurses and midwives will be going through it for the first time,’ said Emma Broadbent, the NMC’s director of registration and revalidation.
The total number of nurses and midwives who have revalidated is now over 110,000.