Are You Ready for Revalidation?
As you are aware The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have made the decision to introduce revalidation for all nurses and midwives in the UK in April 2016. As revalidation affects a nurse’s registration with the NMC, it is the responsibility of each individual nurse or midwife to ensure they meet the requirements of revalidation.
This is the most significant change to professional regulation in a generation. For me, the process of revalidation is as important to today’s RNs/RMs as the introduction of registration was to the profession in December 1919. The process of revalidation and adherence to the new NMC Code (2015) is an opportunity for the profession to shine; to demonstrate our skills and abilities to deliver care to patients and their families. As a nurse or midwife we are increasingly being asked to do more for the people we look after, and the services we provide must continue to keep up with modern healthcare delivery. As the roles of nurses and midwives become more challenging, there’s a need for greater accountability and ownership of day-to-day performance at work.
Revalidation builds on things that nurses and midwives are already doing. Nurses and midwives already reflect on their practice on a day-to-day basis without necessarily calling what they are doing ‘reflection’. Reflection, is not an academic exercise but rather a practical account of everyday practice, is the key to bringing the Code to life and to making revalidation meaningful. In 2015 the NMC piloted revalidation in 19 healthcare settings – both NHS and non-NHS – across the UK. As a pilot participant I found that revalidation is achievable and realistic and like many of the pilot participants I found that my concerns were put to rest when I actually went through the process. I welcomed the opportunity to reflect on what it really means to be a nurse and midwife and found it overall a positive experience. While revalidation will significantly change the renewal process, I found getting ready for it relatively straightforward.
The first thing I did was to go online to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) website www.nmc.org.uk/revalidation to sign up for an online account. After logging in I was able to see all my details in a glance. All the dates were clearly displayed regarding my annual payment, but also the renewal expiry, the three year period when we must provide evidence that as nurses we are fit to practise and have met the renewal or revalidation requirements. I then proceeded to download all the guidance on the process for revalidation. In NHSGGC we are providing our nurses and midwives with training sessions to ‘Prepare for Revalidation’.
This information can be found on the NHSGGC website on: http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/celebratingnursing/
I would encourage all nurses and midwives to get ahead and acquire more knowledge on all things revalidation, so why not follow our NHSGGC route map to revalidation?
Dr Mags Mc Guire
Board Nurse Director