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Revalidation – all you need to know

Revalidation is one of the biggest administrative changes to affect the nursing profession in recent times. Sanctuary Health’s Luke Aldred tells us more about what's involved and how Sanctuary can help nurses and midwives comply with the new requirements.

Q: What is revalidation?

A: It's a new process to make sure that all nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses continue to practise safely and effectively.

Q: How does it work?

A:  All nurses and midwives who wish to work in the UK must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). From April 2016 they will have to 'revalidate' every three years to maintain their NMC registration.  Revalidation will replace the current 'Prep' system.

Q: What's involved in the revalidation process?

A: To revalidate you will need to demonstrate that you're meeting the standards of the revised NMC code. This means showing that, over the last three years, you've met the revalidation criteria. These include: 450 practice hours (or 900 hours if you have a dual registration as a midwife and a nurse; 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD); five pieces of practice related feedback; five written reflective accounts on your CPD; a reflective discussion with another NMC registrant; a health and character declaration; and confirmation that you have professional indemnity arrangements in place.

Q: How do nurses and midwives apply for revalidation?

A: At least 60 days before your revalidation is due, you'll receive a reminder from the NMC by email or letter. You must submit your revalidation application online by the first day of the month in which your NMC registration expires. So, if your renewal date is 30 April, your revalidation application deadline will be 1 April. If you haven't already registered for NMC Online, you can do it here.

Q: Can Sanctuary help with validation?

A: Yes, we're committed to helping all our recruitment candidates and locum staff revalidate successfully and remain compliant to work in our clients' settings. We have an in-house team of specialist experts who will carry out annual appraisals with our locums to support revalidation. There are also a number of online resources to help with revalidation, including the Royal College of Nursing's support website.

Q: Does revalidation apply to all types of nurses?

A: Yes, any nurse who is registered with the NMC. That includes mental health nurses and learning disability nurses.

Q: Is Sanctuary an approved supplier for NHS locum nurse recruitment?

A: Yes, we are. Sanctuary Personnel has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Multidisciplinary Temporary Healthcare Personnel Agreement for the supply of nursing and midwifery staff to NHS Trusts. 

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