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The big question: should nurses face revalidation every three years?


The Nursing and Midwifery Council is asking nurses and midwives for their views on the new process under which they must prove they are fit to practise every three years.

The regualtor has launched the first part of a consultation exercise on a system of revalidation. Using an online survey, it asks a series of questions on how the principles of revalidation can be applied in different practice and employment settings.

The consultation also looks at potential changes to the content and structure of the NMC’s code of conduct. 

Everyone on the NMC register will need to revalidate every three years at the point of renewal of registration.

Do nurses need to be checked every three years? Your comments could be published in Nursing Times.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Surely if adequate appraisal and management support is in place in their workplace, nurses will be assessed as fit for practice, or not, by this system of ongoing evaluation and annual appraisal. I would be keen to know what form of external "checking" could satisfactorily replace this without enormous cost.

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  • As if registered nurses aren't being hassled and pressurised enough as it is..
    Almost enough to put people off.

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  • Personally, I think it should be the NMC that has to prove to its registrants and, more importantly, the public that it is fit for purpose.

    Genuinely, I feel revalidation will be the biggest single risk to patient safety as those nurses who are minded to speak out against institutional abuses of patients e.g short staffing, unsafe working practices etc., will effectively be silenced by the tacit threat that their employer will have the power not only to fire them, but to put in jeopardy their entire livelihood.

    I think revalidation runs counter to the NMC Code of conduct in that it makes it impossible for nurses to: 'make the care of people your first concern, treating them as individuals and respecting their dignity' when a nurses first thought will have to be protecting her own livelihood.

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