Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation

Information for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's nurses, midwives, managers and other relevant staff. The webpage aims to provide a resource to advise staff on the steps nurses and midwives need to meet for the new Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Revalidation requirements.

Introduction

Welcome to the Chelsea and Westminster Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation page.  This is resource to provide information to support your work to meet the NMC's new Revalidation requirements.

From April 2016, all nurses and midwives (registrants) in the UK will have to complete the new Revalidation process every 3 years to maintain their registration with the NMC. Revalidation has been designed to be straightforward and to help nurses and midwives demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively.

Although revalidation will take place every 3 years, registrants will be required to meet the requirements on a continuous basis and just not as a 'point in time' assessment. 

Nurses and midwives are responsible for meeting their revalidation requirements.

The NMC revalidation requirements to be completed over a repeating 3 year period include:

  • 450 practice hours, or 900 if revalidating as both a nurse and midwife
  • 35 hours CPD including 20 hours participatory learning (learning with others)
  • Five pieces of practice related feedback
  • Five written reflective accounts (on the template provided by the NMC)
  • Reflective discussion (using the NMC template provided)
  • Health and character declaration to be provided via NMC Online
  • Professional indemnity arrangement via NMC Online
  • Confirmation (using the NMC template provided)

As with all NMC registrants in the UK, nurses and midwives employed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on the Chelsea and West Middlesex sites will be required to meet all of the criteria by the revalidation dates set by the NMC in order to maintain their registration. 

Welcome from the Director of Nursing

Hello, my name is Vanessa and my revalidation date is September 2018.

We are now nearly 6 months into revalidation. Our staff have been well supported and have successfully revalidated. I have acted as confirmer for two nurses, and have found it an engaging and interesting opportunity for detailed discussion. The NMC revalidation process is a really positive move for all nurses and midwives to demonstrate they are moving their practice and development forward. Yes, the process feels new and different, and maybe a bit scary—but the NMC have developed a straightforward system for us to use and I think registrants who continue to practice have to demonstrate that they are competent to do so. Revalidation is a way of doing this and as a registrant I welcome it.

Make sure you know  your revalidation date now and start collecting evidence for your portfolio, arranging your professional development discussion and a date for your confirmation meeting with your confirmer. There are training sessions and lots of resources available through the intranet. Remember to collect feedback and reflections over your 3 years, I have seen some great feedback to nurses recently through Twitter, FFT and compliments – make sure you keep these and use them.

This is your responsibility as a nurse or midwife.  We will support you to do this and guide your through unfamiliar territory.  Remember, no revalidation, no registration.

—Vanessa Sloane, Director of Nursing  

Revalidation requirements

What must nurses and midwives do now to meet revalidation requirements?

1. Sign up to NMC Online.

2. Find out their renewal date on NMC Online.

3. Read the guidance and supporting resources.

4. Set a date to finish compiling a portfolio of revalidation evidence in time for a confirmation meeting with a confirmer.

5. Arrange a meeting for a reflective discussion with another nurse or midwife on the NMC register.  It is recommended this is the manager who undertakes appraisal, although this can be another nurse or midwife.

6.  To arrange and complete a meeting with a 'confirmer' who can approve the portfolio and in advance of the revalidation month. This is likely to be registrant's manager.

7. Make an application for revalidation to the NMC via their NMC Online account.  This is only possible 60 days before the Revalidation application date the NMC has set the registrant. The application will take the form of a series of questions and the registrant will not be required to submit anything to the NMC.

8.  Following the application—nurses and midwives must check after this time in case they have been selected by the NMC for a random audit of their application.  The registrant may need to provide the NMC with further information if requested.

9. The annual fee must reach the NMC at the time required before the Revalidation month as the application will not be processed if the fee is not received in time—read further information.

10. Unsure about indemnity? See this fact sheet or visit the NMC website.

Compiling a portfolio

In order to demonstrate these requirements the NMC have advised registrants keep a portfolio of evidence of their work. The NMC provides most of the templates needed for the sections of the portfolio. 

We have created our own Trust portfolio template (Microsoft Word format) for nurses (one for midwives will follow soon). You can type directly onto this and save the typed document on your network folder before printing it out and inserting your evidence.  Alternatively you can print this and fill it in by hand. 

To help you we have also produced example portfolios—these show you how completed folders should look:

Revalidation builds on existing renewal requirements by introducing new elements which encourage nurses and midwives to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ the standards set out within it.

Nurses and midwives will be asked to link their revalidation work to the NMC Code.

NMC revalidation website

The NMC Revalidation website has a resource of helpful guidance, information and examples to advise of the steps needed to meet the NMC's revalidation requirements.

On the NMC website there is a useful guidance document to use which guides nurses and midwives through the steps required.  Look at  ‘How to Revalidate with the NMC’.

It is a priority for all nurses and midwives registererd with the NMC is to establish an NMC Online account if they have not already done so.  This will be the area on the NMC website where the revalidation application will be submitted by registrants.  A nurse or midwife cannot revalidate without an NMC Online account.  Opening an account takes only a few minutes.

If you require further information about NMC On Line the NMC have produced an information booklet which can be found on their webpage noted above.

Newsletter

A trust newsletter is published at regular intervals to provide nurses and midwives with information about revalidation news and events.  The previous newsletters are available to access below.

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Training and awareness sessions and workshops

There are several training sessions available for nurses and midwives in the Trust which are open to all permanent and bank staff and are free to attend.

Revalidation Portfolio Workshops

These sessions aim to provide an overview of the requirements of Revalidation, help preparation for Revalidation and give suggestions on what to include in a portfolio for revalidation.  The session is for all nurses and midwives in the Trust to gain an understanding of the NMC’s new revalidation process. 

Download presentations (in PDF format):

Confirmer Workshop

For nurses, midwives or other professional staff who are likely to hold the role of Confirmer (usually nurses or midwives leading or managing a team or responsible for appraisal on Band 6-8).  It will be helpful to attend the Confirmer Workshop to prepare for the role of confirmer for an NMC registrant.  The sessions will provide an overview of the process and the role of confirmer.

Who can be a confirmer?  Look at the NMC's Online Confirmation Tool

If you are due to complete NMC Revalidation after October 2016 it is suggested you attend a Revalidation Awareness session to gain an overview of the NMC requirements so you can prepare for Revalidation.

The dates of upcoming training sessions will be posted every month.

Link nurses or midwives will be shortly available in each Division with the aim of providing you with advice in your area. A list of these link nurses/midwives will be available imminently.

Paying your annual fees

Alongside Revalidation the NMC produced more information regarding making your annual payment on time.  It is important to bring yourself up to date on the changes. You must pay your fee by the time specified whether you are renewing your registration or completing your revalidation.

If you require additional advice regarding your revalidation process contact the Trust Nursing and Midwifery Lead, Melanie van Limborgh, on email at RevalidationNMC@chelwest.nhs.uk.