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Revalidation clinic: how to demonstrate professional growth

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Revalidation has been a source of anxiety for many nurses, but Julie Hamilton has gone through it with her staff and come out the other side.

She’ll be addressing some of the more common fears about revalidation, along with some positive surprises that came along with it, at Nursing Times Careers Live.

The head of nursing for revalidation, regulation and education at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust piloted revalidation and learned a lot from the experience.

“I want to make sure everyone knows that revalidation is achievable and it is a very positive experience—it’s not something to be concerned about”.

Many of those concerns have been about the reflection aspect of revalidation, especially for older nurses and midwives who weren’t trained with reflection in mind, Ms Hamilton says.

But the reflection isn’t anything to be worried about, according to Ms Hamilton. It’s not an academic or formal piece of writing, but rather something more personal.

“Once my staff began to do it, what came across was how positive an experience it was. It made them think about their practice and how much they’d developed, and it allowed them to showcase what they’d learnt in the past three years,” Ms Hamilton says.

She’ll also be discussing the best ways to develop your portfolio to demonstrate professional growth, as well as approaches to implement practice-related feedback and reflective practice.

The conference will include the opportunity to meet recruiters from all over the country, and tips on developing your CV and personal statements.

If you’d like to find out more about revalidation, attend Nursing Times Careers Live on Thursday 5 May at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel in London, where Julie Hamilton is running a revalidation clinic. The jobs fair is free to attend. Learn more at

Kelsy Ketchum

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