More than 90% of nurses expected to revalidate in April completed the new process successfully and have remained on the register, according to figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The regulator said that in the first month since the introduction of the new system on 1 April, only 1,401 people left the register out of the 15,873 due to renew their registration.
“We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who have gone through the process”
This was in line with recent analysis looking at historical trends of when nurses and midwives usually leave the register throughout the year, it said.
In addition, a total of 106 applications have been granted an extension or are subject to ongoing checks by the NMC, which includes those selected for verification by the regulator, those with declared cautions or convictions and a small number subject to fitness to practise procedures.
The NMC said the fact that the majority of registrants had completed the new system of checks – which replaced the previous post-registration education and practice (PREP) process – in the first month showed it had been a “major success”.
NMC chief executive and registrar, Jackie Smith, noted this was in contrast to fears that revalidation might deter a large number of nurses and midwives from renewing their registration.
“Nurses and midwives are clearly embracing revalidation, which should reassure patients and the public they are receiving safe care at the hands of professionals who regularly reflect on their practice,” she said.
“We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who have gone through the process, with nurses and midwives telling us that they find it realistic, achievable and beneficial,” she added.