The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – the professional regulator for nurses and midwives – has launched the first part of a public consultation on revalidation and its review of the Code.
What is revalidation?
Revalidation will be the process by which registered nurses and midwives will demonstrate to the NMC that they continue to remain fit to practice. Revalidation will take place every three years at the point of renewal of registration.
Revalidation aims to protect the public, increase public confidence in nurses and midwifes and helps those on the NMC’s register to meet the standards required of them.
What is the Code?
The NMC Code is the foundation of good nursing and midwifery practice and applies to everyone on the register, regardless of their scope of practice or employment situation.
It sets out in broad terms the standards of good nursing and midwifery practice which the public and the professions can expect of nurses and midwives throughout their entire career.
Have Your Say
On 6 January 2014 the NMC began consulting on how revalidation can be applied in practice to ensure it will work for all the people on the register. The NMC is also consulting on what a revised Code should include.
The NMC wants to hear from nurses and midwives and those who employ, manage, train and represent them, on:
• Ways in which nurses and midwives can obtain confirmation of their continuing fitness to practise by someone well placed to comment
• Using practice related feedback to improve standards of care
• How revalidation can meet the needs of an individual’s scope of practice or setting
• The look, feel and content of a revised Code
Have your say through the online survey before 31 March 2014 at https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=138682839332
To find out more about revalidation and the Code go to http://www.nmc-uk.org/Nurses-and-midwives/Revalidation/ and www.nmc-uk.org/code
NMC Revalidation Team