Revalidation - what does it mean for nurses?

Every three years, at the point of their renewal of registration, nurses will need to meet a range of requirements and provide evidence to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively. This is called Revalidation and will be introduced from April 2016, when the first nurses are expected to go through the process.

Failure to revalidate means risking removal from the register and not being able to practice.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust employs over 1,700 nurses – making up almost half of its workforce. We are working closely with our nurses to ensure they fully understand what revalidation means and what they have to do, and are providing support and training throughout the process.

In July we held a Nursing Revalidation workshop at the Stoneybeck Inn in Penrith to kick start our engagement with nurses about the processes involved.

Alison Brown, Deputy Director of Quality and Nursing, said: “Everyone has enthusiastically participated in the session which was fantastic, especially with the amount of positive group engagement received.

“Revalidation is a brilliant opportunity to raise the standard and profile of nursing across the Trust which was one of the sole purposes of the event. The workshop also aimed to highlight the purpose and importance of revalidation for our nurses, so they work to improve public protection and continue to remain fit to practise.

“We are linking the revalidation process into the yearly appraisal system to ensure nurses are up to date with the revalidation requirements expected and this is also an opportunity to discuss individual progress and development.

“We will use the feedback from this first event and apply it into our other planned workshops in the next couple of months.”

Kath McBride, Specialist Team Manager, who will be taking part in Revalidation, said: “The revalidation workshop has given me a good framework to move forward with, I now feel I know what is expected of me and it is reassuring that the Trust is going to have mobile electronic portfolios available so we can easily note down our reflective practices.”

Nurses at our revlaidation workshop at Stoneybeck Inn, PenrithNurses at the revalidation workshop, Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith