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Revalidation is now here


Historic changes to professional standards for nurses and midwives have now come into effect. The introduction of revalidation is the most significant change to the regulation of nurses and midwives in a generation and will mean that everyone on the NMC’s register will have to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way. 

The new system is aimed at both improving patient safety and the quality of care that nurses and midwives provide to patients. This fulfils a key recommendation from the Francis report into the failings at Mid–Staffordshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

To remain practising, nurses and midwives will have to show that are staying up to date in their professional practice and living the values of their professional Code by seeking feedback from patients and colleagues and engaging in a regular process of reflection, learning and improvement. 

NMC chief executive and registrar, Jackie Smith, said: ‘This is a momentous day for the NMC and our registrants.  We hold the largest register of healthcare professionals in the UK and revalidation is the most significant regulatory change in our history. 

‘Of the thousands of nurses and midwives who have already gone through the system, many have told us they believe it will deliver real benefits in raising standards and protecting the public as well as improving their own professional practice.’

All 692,000 nurses and midwives on the NMC’s register will go through the new process as their registration becomes due for renewal over the course of the next three years.

Revalidation has received strong backing from our main stakeholders across the UK. Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said: ‘I encourage nurses and midwives to see revalidation as a positive opportunity to consider how they are making continuous improvements in the quality and safety of care, and to support ongoing development.

‘Every day I see great examples of the difference our professions are making to so many, and how much this is appreciated.’

Prof Jean White chief nursing officer for Wales, added: ‘The introduction, by the NMC, of revalidation for nurses and midwives is an exciting time for registrants to reflect on their practice, opportunities for professional development and the application of the NMC code.’

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