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Eastern region: Revalidation - Your Top Concerns Answered (part 2)

21 Sep 2016

Revalidation continues to be a subject of concern for nurses, even several months after the process was launched.

In RCN Eastern’s last newsletter Ruth Burey, RCN Facilitator of Professional Learning and Development, set out some top tips about revalidation.

In the second part of her advice, she offers some more guidance for those going through the process. We hope you find this useful:

Meetings and discussions

  • The confirmer meeting should be led by you. The evidence requirements should be complete up to the stage of confirmation as confirmation is the final element of revalidation. You should lead the confirmer through your portfolio. The confirmer should support you to discuss learning and address any gaps in evidence or clarify anything that is unclear.
  • The reflective discussion meeting should be led by you. You should share the reflective accounts with your reflective discussion partner in advance of the meeting so that they can read the reflective accounts ahead of the meeting.
  • You may choose your reflective discussion partner and confirmer in line with NMC guidance. You are accountable for who you choose and must be mindful of potential conflicts of interest.

Reflections and experiences

  • There is no need to use a reflective model when completing written reflective accounts. You must use the NMC approved template and clearly address what is being sought by addressing the four headings in the template. Favourable or unfavourable experiences and activities can be the subjects of reflection.
  • You are encouraged to network with others to extend your knowledge and experience of nursing and healthcare issues, and minimise “silo” working. The RCN professional forums are valuable communities of practice and members may join three forums free of charge. RCN conferences and events are great for networking. 
  • Include indemnity advice from the RCN website.
  • Keep an eye on the NMC website. Everything you need for revalidation can be found there. The RCN offers considered, comprehensive support for revalidation on dedicated web pages.