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Regulator closes loophole that would allow dodging of revalidation

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New standards for readmission to the Nursing and Midwifery Council register have been proposed to stop registrants from taking advantage of a loophole that could enable them to avoid revalidation.

If approved, the new rule will mean registrants trying to re-enter the register within six months of their registration expiring will still be required to complete revalidation.

Revalidation is the new system of competency checks required to renew registration every three years.

It will replace PREP and is expected to be introduced from April, if it is approved by the NMC council next week.

In papers due be discussed by the NMC council on 8 October, the regulator said the new rule would “deter any registrants from seeking to avoid the revalidation requirements by lapsing their registration and then immediately seeking readmission”.

“If a nurse or midwife does not revalidate and then applies for readmission within six months of their registration expiring, they will be required to meet the same revalidation requirements as were in place at the time their renewal was due, unless they are able to demonstrate that exceptional circumstances apply,” added the papers.

The proposed rule change comes after the NMC announced it would also be altering other readmission requirements.

From November, those who allow their registration to lapse will no longer be able to take advantage of a grace period, in which they can pay their fee or submit documentation up to three months late but still be authorised to work again within a couple of days.

Instead, from next month they will be removed from the register immediately and will have to go through a formal process of readmission, which takes up to six weeks to complete.

The NMC council will meet next week to decide whether to approve the launch of revalidation from April as planned.

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Readers' comments (9)

  • Is this all part of a concerted effort to get nurses to leave the profession?
    My wife finds the whole process very daunting and I'm always shocked every year that she has to pay NMC (or whatever body/authority it is called now) to register to do the very job she has trained for - surely employers should do that? Soldiers don't have to pay to register, nor I believe do firemen, police officers etc etc

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  • I agree with the above comment. I feel there will be even more nurses leaving the profession. The powers that be seem intent on making life difficult for nurses. I can't believe we have to pay £120 every year to register. I am sure that price could be reduced. I am seriously considering leaving the profession I loved for 29 years.

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  • wonder how long it will be before they bring back the death penalty for nurse who ,have a day off

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  • Revalidation is very important and if you find it daunting there are loads of resources that can help you-ask your line or practice manager to put you in touch wth someone- doctors have to revalidate too - remember to keep your recent study day/mandaotry updates info and you just have to reflect on these - thats pretty much it!!

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  • dtbarron

    I agree with Kirsty Armstrong's comments, this is not an onerous requirements if you are prepared - it is a little more work as far as requiring to produce evidence, of what we have confirmed to the NMC every three years we do in any case, via PREP. There are a plethora of resources available to support registrants.

    Nursing always has been a regulated profession, comparison with non-regulated roles (army, police etc) don't add value to the discussion - every nurse who has come into the profession has known from the outset they have regulated standards to meet, this isn't new and shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

    Revalidation gives the profession back some ownership of its own professionalism, it's up to us to grasp it.

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  • dtbarron

    I agree with Kirsty Armstrong's comments, this is not an onerous requirements if you are prepared - it is a little more work as far as requiring to produce evidence, of what we have confirmed to the NMC every three years we do in any case, via PREP. There are a plethora of resources available to support registrants.

    Nursing always has been a regulated profession, comparison with non-regulated roles (army, police etc) don't add value to the discussion - every nurse who has come into the profession has known from the outset they have regulated standards to meet, this isn't new and shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

    Revalidation gives the profession back some ownership of its own professionalism, it's up to us to grasp it.

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  • Medics have guaranteed study time built into their contracts, as do psychologists. Nurses do not.

    Most of my managers in around 30 years in nursing, including those originally nurses by trade, actively discouraged nurses from undertaking anything resembling CPD, lied about availability of funds for training for nurses, refused to grant study time even when a course or conference was free of charge, and...and...

    That's before we get to the blocking tactics employed by HR, the misuse of appraisals to deny access to courses, and all the rest.

    Personally I am glad I am retired and don't have to do battle to stay on the register.

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  • Im currently practising abroad and have to utilize the online learning now which adds more expense as my employer doesnt need to have my uk registration only my cypriot one which also needs cpd to register

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  • re validation as such is little more than PREP if one was keeping up with those requirements. I have several folders filled with reflection, CPD certificates and have had appraisals. what I do resent is the feeling of being required to be a "student" again running around "autograph " hunting for confirmation signatures, when I am an adult Professional, and may have to seek this from people less competent than I. I am not sure that I will remain on the Register.

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