“As long as you’ve maintained your CPD for Prep I don’t think it’s any different for revalidation. With the participatory element you just need to make sure that some of your learning involves other people.” The NMC 2015

Many of our nursing staff have been understandably uncertain and nervous regarding exactly what Revalidation is all about. The above quote has been taken directly from the NMC Revalidation website and it is there to reassure us that Revalidation is just a new approach to what we have always done as nurses – maintain our Continuing Professional Development.

Simply, the NMC want to encourage nurses and midwives to reflect on their practice, so they can identify any improvements or changes to their practice as a result of what they have learnt.

The majority of our nursing staff will have access to resources and Revalidation management staff within their substantive nursing posts who will be able to assist you with Revalidation. However, ‘full time’ nursing agency staff (or those who do not currently work within another organisation) might not have the same opportunities to reflect and discuss their CPD. This is where ProHealthCare is able to help you.

What you must do – Step 1

The NMC ask you to prepare five written reflective accounts in the three year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register. Each reflective account must be recorded on the approved form and must refer to:

  • an instance of your CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and/or
  • a piece of practice-related feedback you have received, and/or
  • an event or experience in your own professional practice

You must also have undertaken 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) relevant to your scope of practice as a nurse or midwife in the three year period since your registration was last renewed, or when you joined the register. Of those 35 hours of CPD, at least 20 must have included participatory learning – eg. a ProHealthCare mandatory study day!

It really is that straight forward. All you have to do is reflect back (or currently) to a situation(s) that you have experienced within your clinical practice and then complete one of the Reflective Accounts Templates that are attached to this email. It is worth reminding you at this point that the NMC do like to recognise that you have acknowledged how the Code (previously the NMC Code of Professional Conduct) relates to the subject that you are reflecting on and that you are able to identify which elements of the Code are relevant to your case. You therefore have four fundamental aspects of your case to consider:

  • Prioritise People
  • Practice Effectively
  • Preserve Safety
  • Promote Professionalism and Trust

In order to assist you and make this process as easy as possible below are links to download templates of all the required documents plus a document providing examples of completed templates for you to see the type of information that needs to go on each form.

We strongly advise you to take some time to make the most of this information. You can either type straight onto these forms via your PC or phone, etc. or print them off and complete them by hand.

What you must do – Step 2

Once you have completed the required documents, depending on your employment status, you then need to do the following:

Employed by another organisation (other than ProHealthCare) as your main employer

Seek further assistance from your Revalidation Representative at work.

Employed by ProHealthCare as your main employer

Contact us with a view to arranging a session where we can reflect on your completed documents. Please note – we are unable to offer any further support until you have completed all the relevant documentation prior to reflection.

Revalidation is important and it is essential that you ensure that you are in a position to prove to the NMC that you are complying with these regulations. It is ultimately your responsibility to ensure your compliance. However, in theory, you are merely putting into words what you do each time you go to work and/or furthering your experiences and training. If we try to regard Revalidation as just that then we will hopefully find it far less daunting – and even enjoyable!