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Eastern region: Revalidation – Your top concerns answered

14 Jul 2016

Revalidation is a subject which worries many nurses – what information is required, have I done enough to fulfil the criteria, do I need to buy new materials to complete the process? The list goes on.

Here Ruth Burey, RCN Facilitator of Professional Learning and Development, sets out information about some of the common queries and concerns that nurses have raised around revalidation. Look out for our next newsletter for more tips from Ruth.

  • Registrants need to read the NMC Code 2015 in its entirety and the NMC “How to revalidate with the NMC” document. The Code should be used at each stage of the revalidation process and should inform/underpin the registrant's everyday practice, rather than be something that is remote or abstract.
  • The NMC will not require registrants to upload evidence from their professional portfolio to the NMC. Registrants will be required to indicate that they have met revalidation requirements by completing the NMC online revalidation template - mostly by ticking boxes and providing registration numbers and email addresses. Registrants may subsequently be asked by the NMC for additional information and the NMC will be clear about what further information is required and by when.
  • Evidence of feedback can be obtained from a range of sources such as thank you cards, emails and notes/letters, evaluation forms, audit reports, service reports e.g. CQC reports, verbal or written feedback from patients and other service users, peers and other team members and colleagues of any discipline.
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) hours (35 hours over three years minimum) include records of learning wherever learning takes place. CPD is by no means limited to formal settings or “traditional” examples of learning. Learning from ward rounds, team meetings, handovers, professional social media activity, report writing, preparation for  evaluation or audit of practice or education, reading or watching professional journals or other media, supervision and mentor sessions may all be part of CPD evidence.
  • It is important to note that nursing practice is not limited to clinical practice but includes nursing (or midwifery) management, research, education, learning and development, commissioning, regulation, policy development and other roles. The recording of practice hours (450 hours over 3 years for nurses, 900 hours over 3 years for dual qualified nurse-midwives) for revalidation should reflect the breadth of the registrant's practice.
  • Preparation is key. It's never too early to start getting your professional portfolio in order. Be timely in your preparations and build on whatever you already have collected in terms of evidence of learning and achievement. Book meetings with the confirmer and reflective discussion partner well in advance of the revalidation date to address any potential gaps in evidence, for example that may be revealed during the reflective practice discussion or confirmation meeting.
  • There's no need to purchase a new paper or electronic portfolio. Documents and evidence need to be filed and stored safe and secure, and be clear enough to share with others of the registrant's choosing, such as the confirmer and reflective discussion partner. It is acceptable to use resources (paper or electronic folders) that you already have.

In our next newsletter Ruth will cover concerns around confirmer meetings, reflective discussion and health and character information. If there are other areas you’d like to be included please let us know by emailing

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