There are a number of outcomes from the revalidation process.  Most nurses, midwives and/or nursing associates will successfully revalidate. 

However, there is the possibility that either a registrant is unable to complete the process within the prescribed timeframe or the NMC can refuse an application for revalidation. 

In the event of not being able to complete the revalidation process on time, a registrant’s registration with the NMC will lapse and a new application will be required. 

However, in the event of the NMC refusing an application for revalidation, there is a right of appeal.  The NMC’s decision will be based on the fact that a nurse, midwife or nursing associate has not met the revalidation requirements.  

It is important than an appeal must be lodged with the prescribed 28 days.  It is also important that you are clear and concise in your appeal clearly setting out the grounds for the appeal including the date, nature and other relevant details of the decision against which the appeal is brought. 

Due to the strict procedural rules and complexities involved, we strongly recommend you seek expert legal advice at a very early stage in the appeal process.  In our experience, early advice and intervention often secures far better outcomes for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.


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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