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.