Everything you need to know about revalidation but were afraid to ask!
Revalidation can be intimidating if you are new to the profession or have recently changed roles – or just find this kind of thing all a bit overwhelming!
Which is why Novello Healthcare has created this handy revalidation guide which we add to regularly in the FAQ section – so now you can read this and relax!
We’re here to help simplify it for you and offer support where we can – simply give us a call if you need a hand!
What is revalidation?
Revalidation is the process that all nurses and midwives in the UK need to follow to maintain their registration in the UK. Whilst it is your responsibility to complete your revalidation, we are here to help and support you if it all feels a bit too much!
What does revalidation mean?
Revalidation is about promoting good practice. It helps to encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement. It will provide benefits for you as a nurse, as well as the people you care for.
How do I do my revalidation?
Firstly, find out your renewal date. If that’s not already etched in your memory, then you can find it by logging onto your NMC online account below:
You need to meet a range of revalidation requirements to show that you are keeping your skills and knowledge up to date and maintaining safe and effective practice. You can read more about these requirements here.
You will need to submit your application for revalidation online, and with a little form filling to do we highly recommend that you keep on top of your portfolio and start your revalidation process at least three months ahead of your renewal date.
While you don’t need to send in your entire portfolio (which can be paper-based or online) the NMC select a random sample of nurses to send through their portfolio to verify their declarations as part of their revalidation application.
What revalidation support do I have?
If you have a permanent employer, they can give you access to revalidation resources and should support you through the process. If you are finding that you are not getting the appropriate support, Novello Healthcare are happy to help.
If you are a full time agency worker, you can find all the information you need here. If you are still feeling a little confused, please contact one of our team who will be happy to help!
You can find all the documents you need on the NMC website: nmc.org.uk/revalidation/resources
What can count as continuing professional development (CPD)?
Any training that is relevant to your practice. You must have undertaken 35 hours relevant to your scope of practice in the three-year period since your registration was last renewed, or you joined the register. You can use your mandatory training but of those 35 hours, at least 20 hours must have included participatory learning so get in those groups and participate in training that is reflective of the speciality that you work in! You can also get CPD points / hours online at events, conferences and workshops. Speak to one of our team to ask about additional training that you can access through Novello.
Who can act as my confirmer?
Your confirmed should be someone acting in a senior position to you whilst working on shift, and ideally someone you have worked with over a period of time. Whilst it’s recommended that the confirmed is an NMC registrant, it’s not a must. If you are struggling to find someone to act as a confirmer, please speak to one of our team for further advice.
What happens if I go on maternity leave?
You will still be expected to revalidate as normal. If you are worried at all, please contact the NMC and they will be able to offer advise.
What happens if I don’t revalidate on time?
If you don’t submit your revalidation application before your renewal date your registration will lapse and it will be illegal for you to practice as a nurse. To get back on the register, you will need to reapply and this can take up to six weeks.