Over 110,000 nurses and midwives have revalidated since the new revalidation process was introduced earlier this year, according to the second quarterly report released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
September was a challenge for the scheme as 51,066 professionals were due to revalidate. The month was a success however, with 95% of nurses and midwives completing their revalidation.
Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar said: “While the first three months of revalidation were a success we knew the second quarter would be more challenging, with September seeing more than three times as many nurses and midwives going through the process compared with other months.
“Figures for this period are extremely positive and it is clear that nurses, midwives and employers continue to embrace the new process.”
Revalidation was introduced in April 2016 as the new process that nurses and midwives need to go through in order to demonstrate that they are practising safely and effectively in line with the Code.
From July to September, rates have been the same for both nurses and midwives and there has been no increase in the proportion of nurses or midwives leaving the register.
Around 5% of practitioners did not revalidate which is in line with previous years according to the NMC.
By 2019 all 692,000 nurses and midwives on the NMC’s register will go through revalidation.