Just over a year ago, one of the biggest changes in nursing history was introduced – revalidation. The aim is for all nurses and midwives to show they are practicing ‘safely and effectively’, yet the process is seen by many as confusing and challenging, while there has even been speculation that its introduction has led to a decrease in the number of retained Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrants. So what does revalidation mean for you, and how does Richmond Nursing support our staff through it?
Introduced in April 2016, revalidation is the process that allows nurses to maintain registration with the NMC. Although the checklist might seem daunting, it’s actually just a new approach towards the way nurses have always worked, with the objective of reinforcing knowledge of the NMC Code, raising awareness of it and encouraging nurses to reflect on their practice by undergoing continual professional development.
As a quick reminder of what we need to do every three years, each nurse and midwife must complete:
- 450 practice hours, or 900 if revalidating as both a nurse and midwife
- 35 hours CPD, of which 20 hours must be participatory learning
- five pieces of practice-related feedback
- five written reflective accounts
- a reflective discussion
- a health and character declaration.
In addition, you need to be able to verify professional indemnity arrangements and provide a confirmation form signed by your confirmer. Revalidation is not an assessment of fitness to practise or a way to raise fitness to practise concerns.
In recent months, however, the NMC’s published figures seem to suggest that the percentage of nurses and midwives who are due to renew their registration and actually complete the revalidation process has dipped – although the NMC also states that there has been no increase in the proportion of nurses or midwives leaving the register.
For the majority of Richmond Nursing staff, access to resources and revalidation management staff is available within their substantive nursing posts. We realise, however, that our ‘full time’ agency nurses might not have the same opportunities to reflect and discuss their CPD, which is where we’re able to help. We have supported many of our nurses through revalidation and continue to provide all nursing staff with the help and advice they need.
Here’s a brief step-by-step guide to what you must do to complete the revalidation process:
As outlined above, the NMC asks for five written reflective accounts in the three-year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register. You are also required to have undertaken 35 hours of CPD relevant to your scope of practice, of which at least 20 must have included participatory learning – for example, one of our Richmond Nursing Agency mandatory study days!
It’s that straightforward – you just need to reflect back or think of a current situation and complete one of our reflective accounts templates. (You can access them on our Revalidation page.) Remember that the NMC likes you to acknowledge how the Code relates to the subject you’re reflecting on.
Once you have completed the required documents, you need to either ask your revalidation representative for further help if your main employer is another organisation, or contact Richmond. We’ll then arrange a session with you at which we’ll review your completed documents.
Revalidation might sound daunting but, actually, all you’re doing is simply articulating what you do every time you go to work or undergo training! Revalidation is important and it’s your responsibility to comply, but hopefully the help at hand for all Richmond Nursing Agency staff will enable you to complete the process smoothly and get on with your job!
The following links share a range of opinions about the effects or revalidation a year on: