The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is preparing for its busiest period of the year, as 51,000 nurses and midwives get ready to revalidate in September. Read on to find out what you can do to help your staff plan ahead.
The employer role in revalidation
The NMC has produced specific guidance for employers that outlines the benefits of supporting staff through the process. There is lots you can do to raise awareness and help prepare your staff.
- Ensure your nurses and midwives know when they are due to revalidate by encouraging them to visit NMCOnline – employers can check revalidation dates using the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) or the NMC’s Employer Confirmation Service.
- Encourage reflective discussions and confirmations to take place ahead of the application deadline – this is particularly helpful for line managers who are responsible for more than one nurse or midwife.
- Remind staff that they can submit their revalidation applications up to 60 days before their application date.
- Assist staff who need alternative support arrangements using updated NMC guidance, perhaps due to unforeseen circumstances or in relation to a disability.
Revalidation for nurses and midwives came into effect on 1 April 2016 and so far has been a success, with the numbers of nurses and midwives renewing their registration in line with those in any previous year. September is always a busy month for the NMC due to the historic number of nurses and midwives registering as they emerge from training. The numbers expected to revalidate in September is three times the number processed in April, so it is really important nurses plan ahead and don’t leave submitting their applications until the last minute.