On 8 October 2015 the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) made the decision to introduce revalidation, a renewal process by which nurses and midwives will demonstrate that they are practising safely and meeting the standards set out in the Code. The UK’s 680,000 nurses and midwives will start to revalidate in April 2016.
Every professional on the NMC register will need to provide evidence of their practice and professional development activities, reflect on their work with colleagues and seek confirmation that they have met the revalidation requirements.
Revalidation has the potential to improve professional standards by placing the Code at the heart of practice, enhancing the reputation of the nursing and midwifery professions.
The NMC piloted the revalidation process in 19 sites across the UK last year, making sure to represent both clinical and non-clinical settings. Feedback from those who took part in the pilot suggested that revalidation is not just realistic and achievable, but professionally rewarding and beneficial.
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Anthony Fitzhenry found the pilot straightforward to go through as both a registrant and confirmer.