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Revalidation hailed a success, but what next?

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Nursing and Midwifery Council Chief Executive Jackie Smith counts the recent introduction of revalidation as a major success. But she's already looking to the future and how to further improve the system.

It really doesn’t feel like two months since we hosted our online discussion on its introduction, but revalidation has been up-and-running for almost a month and a half now. 

Initial reports suggest its launch has been pretty smooth. According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), by 4 May 90.48% of nurses due to revalidate in April had done so. The figure of 1,401 nurses who hadn't revalidated is in line with what would be expected in terms of de-registrations each April.

Initial feedback from the NMC in their Revalidation round-up newsletter suggests that nurses and midwives found the online application “straightforward, and the overall process positive and beneficial”.  

Nurses and midwives who are due to revalidate in both May and June have now received their formal notices from the NMC. If you’re one such professional, you might find it useful to read our blog posts on revalidation or even download our factsheets

There’s still room for improving revalidation though; something NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith is reported to already be talking about, with future developments likely to be around the requirements for reflecting on practice.

This is to be expected. After all, the introduction of revalidation comes at a time when the role of nurses is evolving significantly. With an ageing population and more people living with serious and complex conditions, nurses and midwives are integral to the new models of care outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View and the plans for a seven-day NHS.

Following on from the Compassion in Practice strategy, Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings is consulting with nurses and midwives across the UK to develop a new vision for the profession. This will add detail to the Five Year Forward View and set a clear direction for how the profession will help meet the challenges faced by health and social care services, which may well have an impact on revalidation. 

We'll continue to keep our finger on the pulse of revalidation policy and bring you updates on any new developments.

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lorna Savage, 12 May 2016, 11:40 PM
Very useful info , I have lapse my nursing registration since 2013 and hoping to get re registered soon , how will I go about this if I am not employed as yet..How will it works if I am just working for an agency ??
Sanctuary Health, 13 May 2016, 09:28 AM
Hi Lorna,

Thank you for your comments. You can read the following link to find out more information on renewing your registration

Once you have read the above link and registered, you can then apply for permanent roles.

Kind regards,
Sanctuary Health
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