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Are midwives ready for revalidation?

02 August 2015
6 min read
Volume 23 · Issue 8

Abstract

Launching in October 2015 and effective from April 2016, the only way a nurse or midwife will be able to renew their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council will be through a process called revalidation. Revalidation builds on the current PREP requirements and is underpinned by the four themes of the new Code. It is a mechanism by which each nurse and midwife will provide the evidence that they are ‘living the Code’ in their professional practice and personal development. There are certain requirements that must be met and then confirmed by a third party. It is suggested that the supervision framework can contribute to revalidation and support and enable midwives to demonstrate they have met the requirements. Midwives need to familiarise themselves with the requirements and start planning as to how they can demonstrate they have met them. A good place to start is by having ‘revalidation conversations’ with their colleagues and their Supervisor of Midwives.

From April 2016 the only way midwives and nurses will be able to renew their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be through a process called revalidation, the purpose of which is to improve public protection by making sure that midwives and nurses continue to remain fit-to-practise throughout their career (NMC, 2015a).

Revalidation is built on existing arrangements and adds requirements that encourage registrants to seek feedback from patients (for midwives this will mean women and their families) and colleagues, reflect on the Code (NMC, 2015b) by having a professional discussion with another registrant and, importantly, seek confirmation that they have met those requirements from a third party. Nurses and midwives will need to use their judgement to choose who should provide confirmation. The NMC recommend that it is provided by their line manager and that the line manager does not need to be an NMC registered nurse or midwife. If the line manager is not an NMC registrant then the reflective professional discussion with another NMC registered nurse or midwife must happen first.

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