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Exclusive: Employers must offer nursing staff more revalidation support


Nearly a third of nurses are yet to receive any support with meeting the requirements of revalidation, less than six months before the first registrants are due to begin undergoing the new system of competency checks.

Our annual survey gives a snapshot of the workforce issues currently facing the profession including the new system of competency checks being introduced for nurses and midwives.

Plans for revalidation were approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in October and subsequently given the go-ahead by the four UK governments.

To successfully revalidate, registrants will have to complete at least 450 hours of practice, compile five pieces of practice-related feedback and prepare five written reflective accounts.

The completion of a minimum of 35 hours of continuing professional development is also required and they must have all of the requirements “confirmed” by a third party – preferably their line manager.

The NMC has previously highlighted the role of employers in preparing for the new system so that they provide support for staff going through the process.

However, results from our annual survey of nearly 1,000 nurses suggest some employers are currently lagging on this key area.

Around 30% of respondents said their employer had so far provided no support for revalidation and similar percentage said their employer had put in place some support but that they “could do more”.

NT annual survey 2015

Nurses blame fall in staff for rise in workplace pressures

Source: Jennifer Van Schoor

In contrast, 22% said their employer had already put in place an “adequate” level of support and 8% rated the support available as “excellent”.

Overall, the overwhelming majority of nurses had heard of the new system of checks, which they will have to complete every three years to remain on the register.

Just over half of respondents said they were “fairly aware” of revalidation and considered themselves to be “on the way to being ready” for its introduction.

In addition, 18% said they “very aware and were definitely ready”, while 22% said they were “slightly aware”, having heard of revalidation “but that’s all”. Only 2% said they were not aware of it.

When asked how they viewed the introduction of the system, 51% said it would be good for patient safety, the status of nursing or both. A further 25% thought it would have no impact on either factors, while just 5% thought it would have a detrimental effect.

  • Look out for more exclusive stories from our annual survey during the rest of the week.

Readers' comments (6)

  • shocked at these statistics, here in Guernsey we have embraced Revalidation as an island including Alderney.
    would like to see the questionnaire as we ar enot part of the NHS, would be nice to survey our staff here, would this be possible please

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  • not surprised but do think we need a solution focussed approach. help develop capability and capacity for staff

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  • Oh come on nurses! You reckon you're all qualified to degree status so what's a bit of revalidation for goodness sake? Get real and get a grip!

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  • The NMC website has a huge document which explains revalidation perfectly. It is not a complex process. I have run some sessions in my own organisation to summarise what is entailed, but it really is not a big deal - check the website.

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  • Anonymous 15 Dec 7.45 pm

    If you have followed the many news stories about this subject you would know that the problem is not re-validation itself (you might even know that there was a system before it called PREP which fulfilled a similar function), but, as with PREP, that it is difficult, if not impossible, to get access to any training as employers do not support this for nurses in many areas, employers discourage, if not outright forbid, nurses from engaging in reflective practice or any other of the required tasks, and generally make life difficult for us to do anything outside straight clinical work.

    And before anyone throws in the usual "Well medics have done this for years!", doctors have training time built into their contracts, which nurses don't, and medical managers don't, IME, put as many obstacles in the way of doctors as are put in the way of nurses when it comes to post-qualification training.

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  • Here at Kare Plus we are putting lots of support and guidance in place to help our nurses revalidate as easily as possible.
    You can find out more here:

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