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OCT 12/2015

How the RCNi Portfolio can help you through Revalidation

You may have already heard about the new partnership between Medacs Healthcare and the RCNi, following the announcement on 29 September.
Medacs Healthcare has entered into a three year contract with the RCNi to provide our agency nurses with a free RCNi Portfolio account to help with the revalidation process.
If you have an existing RCNi subscription, it’s likely that you’re aware of the RCNi Portfolio and what it has to offer to nurses, but if not, here’s what makes it so great.
What is the RCNi Portfolio
It’s an online support for nurses across the UK. It enables access, through a clear and straightforward website, everything a nurse needs in terms of revalidation support and obtaining a new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMW) Pin.
How do I use the RCNi Portfolio
You’ll start off by entering your basic information (including NMC registration expiry) and contact details to update your RCNi profile. It’s important that you do add your NMC registration expiry, as a useful function of the RCNi Portfolio is ongoing reminders at around 6 and 3 months before revalidation is due.
You will then need to make your way through adding or updating evidence within your portfolio. Here are some tips for completing this through your personal RCNi Portfolio.
Recording Practice Hours
All nurses must evidence at least 450 hours of practice during the three-year registration period.
Within the portfolio you’ll have the opportunity to add a ‘Log’ of previous or ongoing work. The RCNi have confirmed the following for this section…
“If you are sure that you will surpass this number easily, and could prove that you do so with little difficulty, then you may wish to leave this section blank. However, if you only work as a nurse or midwife occasionally, this part of the RCNi Portfolio will help you prove that you are working enough hours to satisfy the NMC.”
So, it’s up to you at this point, but if you wish to add a log, simply click through the ‘Add Log’ button to add a title, number of hours spent on that activity / placement / job, start and end date, employer name and notes.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
When you come to ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ you have the option of adding ‘group delivered CPD’ or ‘personal CPD’. Group delivered CPD is when you are involved in a group session – learning alongside others, such as practice-based learning. Personal CPD can be from something that you’ve undertaken by yourself, such as reading articles within the RCNi website or journal.
Adding evidence is all at the click of a button. Simply add the CPD title, dates and describe the activity and how it relates to your specific practice. 
Another way to earn valuable CPD points is by completing one of their online multiple choice questionnaires, which are based on the CPD articles. Once completed, you’ll be given a score. If you wish, you’ll have the opportunity to add this as CPD evidence within your RCNi Portfolio and If you’re particularly impressed with your results, you can add the time taken to complete the questionnaire to your portfolio and map them against the Principles of Nursing, the 6Cs and the NMC Code.
Reflections and discussions
Another important part of revalidation is completing at least five reflective accounts during each three-year registration period. You’ll need to discuss these reflective accounts with an NMC-registered nurse and record them within a Professional Development Discussion (PDD) form, which you can find within the ‘Reflection and Discussion’ section of the portfolio. 
Just like the CPD section, you’ll need to add a title, date and record the nature of the CPD activity / practice related feedback. A handy addition – the form has prompt fields taken from the NMC template to assist you with creating your reflections.
Storing documents
Scan and upload your certificates, declarations and indemnity insurance documents within the ‘Document Store’.  Any document you wish to store will need to be saved somewhere on the device you are using, so it may be easier to use a PC rather than a phone or tablet.
We recommend that you add a brief description to you documents for future reference.
The final step
For some, it’s the scary part – sending your portfolio to the NMC to complete the revalidation process.
Through the RCNi Portfolio It’s never been easier. All of the documents, evidence and feedback that you’ve been collecting and updating over the last three years are at a click of a button. Click the ‘download portfolio’ button, to download and save your portfolio to your computer ready to print and send in the post.
It’s then a waiting game until you get the green light for continuing practice as a #SuperNurse!
We’d love to know what you think of the RCNi Portfolio and how it has / is helping you through revalidation. To send us some feedback e-mail and we’ll share with the RCNi. Alternatively, if you want more information on revalidation and what it involves, visit our Medacs Healthcare Agency Nurse Revalidation Portal for the latest news, articles and guidance.

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