Nurse Revalidation Update
Revalidation will be implemented for all nurses in all sectors in December 2015 and will be linked to organisational annual appraisals. This follows a yearlong consultation on the code of professional practice by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
Revalidation is being introduced in response to Mid Staffs investigation and Francis report with the purpose of demonstrating greater accountability to the public. Key points include:
- Revalidation will be on a three year cycle and replace NMC renewal of Registration
- Revalidation will be against the code of conduct –so evidence will need to reflect what is set put in the new code
- A New code will be produced in March 2015
- Confirmation of Revalidation will be made by a ‘Confirmer’ or Third party.
- This will replace PREP however nurses will still need to build a portfolio of evidence
- NMC will conduct random audits of evidence portfolios
Organisations will require resources to implement and monitor revalidation and a requirement to make it visible to Boards. If nurses do not achieve revalidation the NMC will make a judgement about the support the nurse will need to achieve the standard required.