Written reflections are a requirement of revalidation. Follow our tips on how to best prepare yours.
The sooner you reflect on your activity, the more truthful to the event your recollection will be, so make it part of your regular routine.
If you don’t have time to write notes, try recording your reflections on your phone while it’s still fresh in your mind, and transcribe them later.
You may be reluctant to write down your feelings or struggle to articulate your experiences at work. Find a way that works for you:
If you like verbalising - record your reflections on your phone. If you prefer talking to someone – seek their permission and record the conversation.
If you like drawing – use word clouds or illustrations, and if you need structure – use one of these frameworks on the RCN website.
You must reflect on an event, CPD or feedback you received in the three years prior to your revalidation date. Avoid leaving it to the last minute and instead try to plan your learning across this period.
Regularly review your learning opportunities, perhaps during your annual appraisal – this will help you to identify any additional support you might need.
Look out for opportunities to get feedback and events that happen in your practise that would be useful to reflect on.
CPD events take place across the UK throughout the year, and many of these are free.
For RCN members worried about the cost of completing this requirement, the College hosts numerous free and discounted courses, and there are opportunities to learn online too.
The RCN has information and advice to support members through revalidation, including case studies and guidance on how to revalidate with the NMC.
The NMC’s revalidation website has further information, including case studies, films, templates and guidance on how to revalidate with the NMC.