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'Everyone can reap the rewards of revalidation'


The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new system of revalidation is likely to be introduced in April 2016.

Jenni Middleton

This means when nurses come to renew their registration every three years, they must show they have completed activities to support their professional development. These include 40 hours of continuing professional development, five pieces of patient/colleague feedback, and five pieces of reflection.

Revalidation could change how the profession feels about itself.

One activity, a professional development discussion with another registrant, is an opportunity for nurses to think about why they joined the profession and their individual contribution to patients and healthcare provision.

Many of those involved in revalidation pilots described the discussion as invaluable to their professional development and their attitude to their role in caring for patients.

“Revalidation could change how the profession feels about itself”

Giving nurses a sense of their own professional values will make them confident in articulating their contribution to patient and service user outcomes and safety. This may make nursing less of an easy target when it comes to taking the blame for the ills of all healthcare. Even so, many nurses and managers feel daunted and confused by the process, so we have developed an online revalidation zone to help you.

To make the process easier, we’ve also upgraded Nursing Times Learning to include a Learning Passport, where you can store your revalidation evidence - see

“Revalidation may seem like a lot of work, but nurses in the pilot sites soon realised they were doing most of the activities already”

A subscription to Nursing Times now gives you access to the passport, our clinical archive of more than 5,000 peer-reviewed articles (which can be used in revalidation activities) and 16 online learning units on fundamental aspects of nursing, such as drug calculations, falls prevention, hydration, and pressure ulcer prevention - with more to come soon.

Revalidation may seem like a lot of work, but nurses in the pilot sites soon realised they were doing most of the activities already - only now they were writing, and therefore thinking, about them. In so doing, they and their patients were benefitting from the process.

Surely that’s reason enough to welcome this new system?

Jenni Middleton, editor

Follow me on Twitter: @nursingtimesed

● For information on the next Nursing Times Revalidation conference on 13 November, see


Readers' comments (3)

  • it wont make nurses fells valued, only under mined even further

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  • shame bankers and politicians don't have to do revalidation

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  • When on earth will the average nurse find the time to do all this writing of their reflections? We are run off our feet at the best of times!

    My Employer never gives us any study days at all, an hour here or there to do an "online assessment task", but no study days as such. So for people like me this will be done in our own time- and I expect that will be true for thousands like me.

    And what about these letters of affirmation from patients - who is to say who wrote them? I have no face to face contact with patients any more and only have a few thank you cards from my life time of nursing. This is insanity and additional pressure!

    I can see web businesses springing up to supply "reflective essays" with space to fill in the name of the ward and the patient to personalize it... like you can buy your essays for University( if so inclined) - with probably less serious consequences!

    Because, if the NMC never checked anyone's prep file- and they admit they didn't. Then who is to check these reflective essays and their source? I could go on but I think the NMC committee who thought this nonsense up, didn't have enough personal experience of what its like to be a ward nurse( or any other sphere) and they need their heads read.And give more useful things to do.

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