The NMC has committed to introduce a proportionate and effective model of revalidation by the end of 2015. This is not going to be a replication of medical revalidation, however there are lessons we can learn around communication, engagement and implementation to ensure this can work in the timescale anticipated.
The NMC agreed to go forward with the revalidation model which will require a third party (such as an employer or manager) to confirm that the nurse or midwife who is revalidating is complying with the revised code. This will take account of feedback from patients, service users, carers and colleagues. Revalidation will take place at the point of renewal of registration.
This model of revalidation requires no changes to NMC legislation, however following the introduction and evaluation of the model the NMC may request changes to their legislation if there is sufficient evidence that it would further increase public protection.
Nurses and midwives will still be required, in line with current legislation to renew their registration every three years, declaring that they have practised for 450 hours during those three years. The current requirement for continued professional development (CPD) will be reviewed and the definition of suitable CPD will be clarified.
The NMC will also revise the Code and standards to ensure that they are compatible with revalidation and will develop guidance for revalidation.
The NMC will follow this decision with a consultation and plan for early implementers to revalidate by the end of 2015.
NHS Employers role
We are working with the NMC to ensure that there is sufficient communication and engagement with employers throughout the next 12 months to make sure that their model can work in practice and we can help produce resources to help your teams with implementation.
- From late September until December 2013 the NMC will be running the first phase of their consultation. Engaging on a face to face basis with patient groups, nurses and midwives, employers and members of the public to inform the content of the formal consultation. (We are working with our regional engagement team and the NMC to make this connection.)
- In October 2013 the NMC will be establishing a Revalidation Strategic Advisory Group to report to the Executive Board and an Employer Reference Group which will contribute to the NMC's plans and implementation of the revalidation model.
- The statutory formal public consultation will run from January to March 2014 and will include an online consultation and focus groups.
- Both consultations will make reference to the revised Code and standards, for which there will be a third formal consultation running from April to June 2014.
We will post updates as and when information is available on other healthcare professional regulators planning revalidation. We will continue to bring you the latest news about revalidation for nurses and midwives when it is available. More information can be found on the NMC website.