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How nurses working in care homes can make the most of revalidation

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I’m delighted to see that so many nurses and midwives from such a range of practice settings, including the care home sector, have already submitted their revalidation applications.

We have worked hard to make sure that revalidation is realistic and achievable for everyone no matter where they work. But we also know that each sector is different and that there are some particular challenges facing nurses working in the care home sector.

It is really important to us that we hear directly from nurses and midwives about their revalidation experiences, whether that is feedback on our revalidation microsite, the guidance or our forms and templates.

”We have worked hard to make sure that revalidation is realistic and achievable for everyone”

We recently held a series of revalidation workshops specifically aimed at nurses and employers working in the care sector. Feedback from these events has been overwhelmingly positive and it has been great to see so many nurses and employers in the care sector keen to engage with revalidation.

One of the main challenges facing the care sector is nurses working in isolation and we know that this can cause anxiety, particularly for nurses who may be struggling to identify a reflective discussion partner.

”One of the main challenges facing the care sector is nurses working in isolation”

The reflective discussion is a key element of revalidation and the part which will give you the opportunity to discuss your practice, the things you have done well and any areas for improvement. It’s important to remember that the reflective discussion must be with another registered nurse or midwife but they don’t have to be someone you work with and they don’t even need to be on the same part of the register as you.

There are lots of opportunities to identify a reflective discussion partner. It may be that you work with other nurses on a day to day basis, your nursing or care home may belong to a wider network of organisations or maybe you’re part of a professional network.

Remember, all nurses will need to have a reflective discussion at some point in the next three years so start thinking now about who your discussion partner can be and maybe you can act as their reflective discussion partner in the future.

”We have a range of resources available to help support you through revalidation”

We have a range of resources available to help support you through revalidation and our new microsite is the home of everything you will need. It contains all the forms and templates to help you meet the requirements as well as case studies, films and guidance for registrants, employers and confirmers.

If you are due to revalidate soon, we have created a short film which provides a step by step guide to completing your revalidation application so you know what to expect.

”There is so much you can do to prepare regardless of when you are due to revalidate”

For those of you who have yet to start, remember, there is so much you can do to prepare regardless of when you are due to revalidate. Make sure you visit NMC Online, to find out your revalidation application date and start meeting the requirements now.

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council

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  • I work in a came home and am one of the first nurses to revalidate where I work. I am on top of mine and nearly ready to go. Once I have done mine we are going to have regular meetings about revalidation, I am going to lead the meeting in hope to put all my colleagues at ease with the process. it will also be a meeting of sharing and discussion for all of us which will hopefully make us better nurses I am looking forward to the meeting and hopefully we will all benefit as a team

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