Revalidation is a process that every registered nurse, midwife and nursing associate must go through every three years to show they continue to be competent to practise.

The NMC introduced a revalidation requirement in April 2016 and between April 2016 and March 2019, 611,462 nursing and midwifery professionals (93 per cent of those who were due to revalidate during this time) successfully demonstrated their continued ability to practise safely.

In order to successfully revalidate as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate, the NMC has set a number of requirements to demonstrate continued ability to practise safely.  These are:

  • 450 practice hours, or 900 if renewing as both a nurse and midwife
  • 35 hours of CPD including 20 hours of participatory learning
  • Five pieces of practice-related feedback
  • Five written reflective accounts
  • Reflective discussion
  • Health and character declaration
  • Professional indemnity arrangement
  • Confirmation

I have looked at these requirements in more detail in parts 2-4.

The revalidation process is not an assessment of a nurse, midwife or nursing associate’s fitness to practise.  Revalidation is a process whereby a NMC registrant provide evidence to the NMC of their continued ability to practise safely and effectively in health and care settings across the UK.

What is key with the revalidation process is evidence.  I will discuss this in the context of the requirements for revalidation but as a general point, the NMC requires evidence to support an application for revalidation.  Since revalidation is required every three years, there is an expectation that nurses, midwives and nursing associates build up a portfolio during this time to present when their times for revalidation comes.


Read more:

NMC Revalidation Part 1: Revalidation

NMC Revalidation Part 2: CPD

NMC Revalidation Part 3: Reflection

NMC Revalidation Part 4: Declarations

NMC Revalidation Part 5: Right of Appeal

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