Around 7% of the nurses who expected to revalidate in the final three months of the first year in which the new system of checks was brought in have failed to renew their Nursing and Midwifery Council registration, a report by the regulator has shown.
However the NMC has again insisted the figures are similar to the number of people who would usually leave the register in that time period and that “there is no sign that revalidation has had an adverse effect on the register” since it was brought in from April 2016.
This echoes previous comments made by the NMC throughout the past year, as it has published reports every three months on the new process that replaced the previous post-registration education and practice (PREP) system.
- Loss of nurses from register ‘in line with revalidation expectations’
- Around 5% of nurses and midwives opting not to revalidate
- Nine in 10 nurses complete revalidation in first phase
Between January and March, 48,598 nurses and midwives completed revalidation – meaning they are able to stay on the NMC register and continue practising.
But this was out of a possible 52,243 who were due to renew in that time, indicating 3,645 – or 7% – are now no longer in practise in the UK, according to the report published earlier today.
In England, almost 94% of the 41,241 due to revalidate did so. Meanwhile, in Scotland almost 93% completed the new process out of the 5,385 up for registration renewal.
In Wales, it was 95% out of a possible 2,742 registrants, and in Northern Ireland 94% revalidated out of a group of 1,682.
In contrast, of the 1,193 people not practising in the UK who were due to renew their registration with the NMC, only 58% did so.
“Nurses, midwives and employers continue to praise the programme and are seeing the real benefits that it can bring”
Out of the 3,645 on the register who did not revalidate, the majority – 3,214 – saw their registrations lapse.
The remaining few are those who submitted a revalidation application that was not fully processed in time. This could be due to reasons including their application being selected by the NMC for verification, due to their having declared cautions and convictions, or because they are subject to fitness to practise sanctions.
NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said the first year of revalidation had been a “resounding success”.
“Nurses, midwives and employers continue to praise the programme and are seeing the real benefits that it can bring,” she said.
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“With two thirds of our register still to go through process we know how important it is that we continue to support nurses and midwives and we are committed to listening and responding to feedback along the way,” said Ms Smith.
She reiterated that the NMC would soon be publishing its first annual report on the initial year of revalidation, which would include more details about its impact.
Nursing Times has previously been told this report will include the number of people who have renewed and lapsed their registration in the years prior to revalidation being introduced.
“In a few months’ time we will be publishing our first revalidation annual report, which will look back on the first year in more detail. We will also be publishing early findings from our three year evaluation of revalidation,” said Ms Smith.