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Revalidation is branded "achievable, desirable and realistic" after pilot

Revalidation has been branded "achievable, desirable and realistic" by Jackie Smith, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) chief executive and registrar, after 2,100 health professionals took part in a pilot testing its practicality. 

The NMC carried out the trials at 19 revalidation sites across the UK, led by Ipsos MORI, and said according to initial findings “many felt that revalidation was a positive experience”.

A majority of those who responded felt that it would be either very or fairly easy to achieve each of the requirements - practice hours, continuing professional development, reflective accounts, the professional development discussion and confirmation. 

Smith said: “I am pleased with the feedback received. What's being said is that revalidation is achievable, desirable, and realistic.

“Of course, there is a range of things that need ironing out and clarifying, and we will respond positively to this,” she added.

All nurses and midwives are currently required to renew their registration every three years, and revalidation aims to strengthen the renewal process by introducing new requirements.  

Responding to the NMC's findings Rhona Aikman, lead practice nurse at Gourock Medical Practice, said: “Practice nurses often work in isolation and while the majority of GPs are good employers and supportive of professional development, revalidation with the required hours of professional development may help nurses where employers are not so supportive.”