It’s official; the NMC have confirmed their plans to introduce revalidation for all nurses and midwives. As with all new processes, this introduction inevitably raises several questions, which is why we have put together this simple guide to help you through it.

What is revalidation?

Revalidation is being introduced as the NMC as a process by which nurses and midwives will ‘demonstrate that they practice safely’. It is designed to replace the current PREP system and strengthen the current renewal process. Its aim is to promote good practice amongst all nurses and midwives, encouraging patient safety across the board.

When will I need to revalidate?

You will be required to complete your revalidation when you are due to renew your registration with the NMC. The first group nurses and midwives who will be required to go through revalidation will be those due for renewal in April 2016.

What do I need to do?

First and foremost, you need to register online with the NMC. Although your revalidation may not be for a while, it is best to start putting your file together as early as possible so that you are fully prepared. Once logged on, you will be able to find out your revalidation date.

In order to revalidate, you will need the following supportive evidence:

  • 450 practice hours, over the three year prior to the renewal of your registration
  • 35 hours of continuing professional development which must be relevant to your practice as a nurse, 20 hours must be through participatory learning.
  • Five pieces of practice-related feedback
  • Five written reflective accounts
  • Reflective discussion – completed with an NMC registered nurse
  • Health and character declaration, declaring if you have been convicted of any criminal offence or issued with a formal caution
  • Professional indemnity arrangement
  • Form signed by a confirmer – an appropriate third party confirmer is your line manager.

As one of our locums, HCL Nursing is here to support you through revalidation. If you have any queries, please contact us on