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NMC hails early success for new revalidation system

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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”

Jackie Smith

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.

jackie smith

jackie smith

Jackie Smith

“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.

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Readers' comments (9)

  • Well the NMC aren't going to say it's failed are they.

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  • Not embracing just want to stay on the register, Tis the hoop we have to jump through in the ever changing goal posts thrown at us !

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  • Nurses are doing it, themselves or in groups as long as they get the stuff done & sent in. It isnt a case of doing it voluntarily, its doing it to stay on the register. I would like to see Jackie Smith do a revalidation on her LLB (law degree) to keep her job taking all the pressure and a real full time job

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  • We've been told we have to do it to practise legally. it's just something else forced upon us, like the registration fee increases.



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  • The NMC says it is a 'success' because nurses are completing a mandatory requirement to practice? I will be celebrating when the NMC displays evidence that any part of the new revalidation process has actually improved practice!

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  • I'm waiting for them to tell us of the cost implications and then the annual increase in our fees to meet this cost

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  • Though I am not revalidating until February 2018, I am having kittens, as I don't know what it entails. I have collected as much evidence as I can so that I can be prepared when the time comes.

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  • The statistics could be screwed where nurses wont Revalidate where due at later points and I suspect many at point of introduction would have been the greater number already in nursing and due at later years. Nice try Jackie but opps someone's seen through you again.

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  • Jonathan Gopsill

    How the hell do you consider losing alomost 10% of the workforce almost overnight a success?

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