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NMC says number of nurses and midwives not revalidating is ‘in line with expectation’


Around 5,000 UK nurses have left the register in three months by choosing not to go through the revalidation process or by failing to meet its requirements, suggests latest data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

However, the regulator said the 5% drop off was “in line with previous years” before the introduction of the new system of competency checks.

“We knew that the second quarter would be challenging”

Emma Broadbent

The NMC has this week published its latest quarterly report on revalidation – the second since the system was introduced in April – covering the months of July, August and September.

It revealed that 75,513 nurses and midwives successfully revalidated during the three-month period out of 80,668 who were due to go through the process, representing 93.6%.

The number of nurses and midwives not revalidating was “in line with those not renewing in previous years at around 5%”, said the NMC’s report, published on Wednesday.

“Rates were the same for both nurses and midwives and there has been no increase in the proportion of nurses or midwives leaving the register,” added the report.

“I am pleased to say that figures for this period are extremely encouraging”

Emma Broadbent

The figures did not include nurses and midwives who submitted a revalidation application but had not had it fully processed by the end of their renewal month, noted the regulator.

Out of the 5,155 who were due to revalidate but did not, the NMC highlighted in a separate table that 4,658 were nurses or midwives who allowed their registration to lapse.

Most of the remaining 500 were still be going through our verification process, said an NMC spokesman, though he added that ”some will also be going through other checks and a few will not be allowed to have their registration lapse as they are currently going through an fitness to practise hearing”.

However, it is unclear from the report precisely how many people failed to meet the requirements of revalidation and left the register as a result.

Of those registrants who did revalidate from July to September, 92% were nurses, 7% were midwives and 1% were both. The percentages include specialist community public health nurses.

The majority of nurses and midwives revalidating were from England, followed by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:

  • England – 80%
  • Scotland – 11%
  • Wales – 5%
  • Northern Ireland – 3%
  • From outside the UK – 1%

There was little national difference between the percentage due to revalidate and actually revalidating:

  • England – 94.1%
  • Scotland – 94.6%
  • Wales – 94.6%
  • Northern Ireland – 94.8%
  • Not practicing in UK – 62.8%

Combining the figures for both quarters – around 30,000 went through revlidation during April, May and June – means over 110,000 nurses and midwives have now revalidated with the NMC since the process was introduced in April.

Revalidation rates across the four UK countries were “extremely positive” during the quarter, according to the NMC.

Emma Broadbent, the NMC’s director of registration and revalidation, said: “While the first quarter of revalidation was an overwhelming success, we knew that the second quarter would be challenging.

“September saw the largest number of nurses and midwives due to go through the process in a single month, with over 51,000 due to revalidate,” she said.

“I am pleased to say that figures for this period are extremely encouraging, with the majority of those due to revalidate doing so successfully,” said Ms Broadbent.

“Once again, numbers are in line with our expectations and there has been no increase in nurses and midwives leaving the register as a result of revalidation,” she added.


Readers' comments (22)

  • the NMC is just a protection racket
    I will not be revalidating next year.
    Nurses are placed in such a vulnerable helpless position having the NMC dominating us and attacking an individuals integrity bases on trivia.
    Best thing would be a massive fee strike. Could the NMC then strike us all off.
    That does seem to be what they want.

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  • Nurses need a crowd fund to take a test case to court when a nurse is reported to the NMC and found to have no case to answer.
    1.compensation for the whole 9 months of duress.
    2. the original complainant to foot the bill

    As nurses we face "charges". We pay the NMC to bring charges against ourselves then have to pay the RCN who side with the NMC to protect us. What a crackpot situation.

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  • Would the Nursing Times assist with organising a crowd fund for the above purpose.

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  • If I didn't need the money I would not be revalidating. I really do not have the time. I have a very large amount of mandatory training to do (most of it e-learning) and I am not that brillant with technology. I am very slow at completing things on the computer unless it is something I do every day. There were nto computers when I started nursing and this is compounded by my dyslexia which inhibits learning. It is going to take me ages to complete the documentation. Time I do not have. I also have a disabled child which means that I do not have the time to do this at home, he takes up all my free time. Over the past few years it has become harder and harder to stay on the register, registration costs have increased, but my wages have not for several years. I am forced to work extra hours just to keep a roof over my head. Quite frankly as much as I love my job ( I have done it for over 32 years) I have now had enough.

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  • If i didnt have to do this poxy flea bitten job then i wouldnt have to revalididate either but i have a mortgage to pay, a completely worthless exercise.

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  • Only 5%, thank goodness that the apathetic comments above do not reflect the majority of Nurses.

    In the majority of cases people have to stand up and fight NOT sit back and winge and blaim everyone else but themselves for their own laziness

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  • I practice in NZ and still want to keep my UK rego maintained but can't honestly see why I need to complete 2 validations. Surely if u complete a certified programme in one country, it should be validated in another !! After all where ever you work the same code of conduct is evident in both countries! It just means that if I were to return back to the UK to work it will take an age to gain registration again yet the country is crying out for nurses! Why create a stumbling block for dual registered nurses!

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  • David Jones

    Revalidation is a step in the right direction but the amount of
    Work involved for many nurses who work long hours, and heart breaking shift rotas, Trying to find time with family commitments to complete this to reregister. Is hard on their already busy lives. Myself I'm retired due to ill health and have lapsed my registration. Before retiring I completed 80% of my revalidation. Which I did while off sick and numbed by strong analgesia. Had I been working I would have been hard pressed to complete 50%. My colleagues were stressed about how they would complete their own portfolio. Already stressed with covering staff shortages worsening working conditions, and hostile management. Many are contemplating early retirement, and some a complete carrier change. The NMC protects the public by improving nurses practices. Who protects the nurse from public abuse from people frustrated by cancelled service, longer waiting list and reductions in beds. Also staff who are constantly being moved to cover wards short of staff, but when they protest that their ward needs them just as much. They are spoken to in an unprofessional manner by some duty managers. Since retiring I've lost wait, look 10 years younger and feel healthier . My colleagues are aging faster making me look like Benjamin Button. Jokes aside revalidation is great but your remaining nurses need support so they can be less stressed and have time to complete their portfolios. I'm proud of our NHS and all my fellow nurses who put their career first sometimes before their own health and wellbeing.

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  • whoopy boo for those above who think revalidation is a breeze and snort at the rest of us. They obviously are
    a) actual real angels.
    b) condescending with those of us who find it difficult to have a good work/life balance due to heavy commitments with children and elderly dependent relatives.

    I think most are "b"

    Perhaps it is this group that should look in the mirror and really ask themselves "should I really be doing a job that involves understanding and compassion, requiring kindness to others (including colleagues)?"

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  • I thought I submitted my comments ... so here goes. in may 2011 newly qualified nurse (SD) of 7 weeks submitted a formal complaint against me (refused sight of) in june 2011 I was told of the alleged complaint by nurse manager (KB) and we all went to the hospital canteen for an informal chat over a cuppa (no cake) ... SD was intimidated (her words) by me 'cos I didn't say 'good morning' to her, didn't talk about myself or family which she found upsetting as its nice as women to discuss our families (yes newly qualified paeds degree nurse omg ....) - end of this saga and I never saw the complaint, KB told me its resolved ellen, absolutely resolved - AMEN.

    april 2012 - I was informally told (alone with 2 managers end of the day) SD instigated serious complaints under the D@W policy I was to removed from me job (10yrs) to another post and investigated, she submitted (alongside the dept bully JK SEN who use to masquerade as a RGN lol) unsigned pieces of paper aka allegations.... 3.5 months into the invest I received an email listing the allegations from the IO (former work colleague of manager who called the informal meeting in april '12) - received the IO report (not signed by receiving officer who is a professor!) OMG I READ SD'S LETTER FROM MAY 2011 WHICH ALLUDES TO CHILD ABUSE AND POTIENTIAL DEATH OF UNCONSCIOUS PTS... I contacted the NMC - they did a FtP on SD (I don't know why) but the contents of the letter was not investigated by the useless, not fit for purpose and should be closed down NMC....
    my health board DID NOTHING .....

    Out come of invest = disciplinary april 2014 (2 month break to trawl for dirt) and finally on 8.8.14 I was summarily dismissed on SD's allegations (ps 3.5 taken from notes written by others placed on my personal file and now 1 yrs old).... spoke to NMC due to not being referred to NMC who stated my HB didn't want to open up a can of worms !!!!

    (nearly there) .... off to ET where SD says on looking at the allegations c/o IO email 'these are not my allegations, my complaints are my letters (unsigned), I am not the complainant and i don't know why you (me) got dismissed - OMG anyway my dismissal was substantively unfair -- oh happy days, but it alleged that I contributed !!!!

    never told of any 'allegations, issues, complaints' when employed.
    unaware of the allegations until 5 months on sick leave.
    one yr old when I got them.
    SD admitted they not hers etc...
    ALL witnesses (x6) stated at dis hearing they not told/they unaware of the allegations, this included my nurse manager, but she discussed the allegations with SD and JK (work that one out).
    I was not in work on one of the allegations so the IO changed the date without my knowledge (corrupt and not trained oh yes, she was also a former work colleague of chair of my dis hearing - are you lying down in a dark room now).

    so ..... I am now retired due to not working since april 2012 - dismissal Aug 2014 (not suspended dir. manager said no basis to suspend me) but I was pd my full salary for the 2.4yrs. and unable to REVALIDATE.. I didn't fit the EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES - if anyone knows what this means drop me a line on

    ps... I formally complained about the conduct and behaviour of my abusive nurse manager (KB) in Sept 2011.
    I heard at a formal meeting in may 2011 (lets not say but u can guess) "she ain't coming back, she ain't back to ** (my dept)" and "we only got a few wks to get her (me) to agree to being moved"....

    30 yrs of nursing - I now work in a call centre and its wonderful, I love it, the staff are great.

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