In 2016 the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) introduced Revalidation - the process that all UK nurses and midwives must go through every three years in order to renew their registration and continue practising legally in the UK. Revalidation applies to all nurses and midwives, regardless of the role or sector in which they are operating and across all fields of practice.
If you are a nurse or midwife practising overseas and want to maintain your UK registration, you will have to comply with the revalidation process every three years and continue to pay your annual retention fee to the NMC. Your revalidation application is due on the first day of the month in which your registration expires e.g. if your renewal date is 30 September 2017, your revalidation application date will be 1 September 2017.
In order to revalidate, you must demonstrate that you have met the following requirements:
- Practised for a minimum of 450 hours over three years
- Undertaken a minimum of 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development (of which 20 hours are participatory i.e. face to face)
- Obtained five pieces of practice-related feedback
- Produced five written reflective accounts
- Had a reflective discussion with a NMC registered nurse or midwife
- Provided a health and character declaration
- Declared that you have, or will have when practising, an appropriate indemnity arrangement in place
- Obtained confirmation from an appropriate third party that you have met the requirements
If you are working overseas (or have worked overseas for part of your three year renewal period) as a nurse or midwife you can meet the practice hours on the basis of your registration with the NMC. The NMC advises that you should always register with the appropriate regulator in the country in which you are practising.
If you work wholly overseas you can seek confirmation from your line manager where you undertake your work. If you do not have a line manager, you will need to decide who is best placed to provide your confirmation. The NMC advises that wherever possible your confirmer is a nurse or midwife regulated where you practise, or another regulated healthcare professional. The NMC online confirmation tool provides further guidance about who can act as your confirmer.
If you are asked to provide ‘verification’ information to support your revalidation application, in relation to practice hours you need to provide information about whether you are registered with the appropriate regulating body.
It is important that the NMC has an up to date address for you and you should register with NMC online to ensure that you know your revalidation date and that the NMC can send you relevant information.
More information is available from the NMC on ‘How to revalidate’ and working outside the UK.