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NOV 18/2015

What revalidation resources do I have as a nurse?

 
Even if you’re not due to revalidate until 2019, now is a good time to start thinking about what you can be collecting on a daily basis to count towards your revalidation requirements. Doing a little each week or month could be the difference between an easy, stress-free application and a rushed, just passable application, but for many of you just knowing where to start can be tricky. 
 
Step One – Know you’re renewal and revalidation date
 
Think you know your re-registration date, but don’t know for definite? Log-in to, or set-up an NMC Online account – a secure site which allows you to manage your registration and update your personal details. Here you will find details of your registration date.
 
For your revalidation date, you will receive a notification from the NMC at least 60 days before your application is due, but to give you an idea of when that may be, the NMC have confirmed that your revalidation application date is ‘the first day of the month in which your registration expires’. 
 
Here’s an example to help explain this…
 
Should your registration expire on 30 September, your revalidation date will be 1 September. Do not, however, leave it until this date, I recommend that you submit your application at least two weeks prior in case you encounter any problems along the way which delays you from submitting your application.  
 
Top recommendation
 
Whilst you’re in your NMC Online account, be sure to check your personal details. Has anything changed? Keeping the NMC updated with your most recent details has never been so important. Not only will the NMC need to know where to send your revalidation notification to, but in November 2015 there were new changes to lapsed registrations and the grace period was removed. Miss your renewal date and you’ll not be able to practice until you’ve reapplied.  Read more about changes to lapsed registrations here. 
 
 
 
Step Two – Think about how you’re going to store your evidence
 
Many of you may already have an effective way of storing your work-related information. If not, I recommend you keep a portfolio (online or offline) of your work hours evidence, CPD certificates, feedback received, reflective accounts and other practice-related documents. Not only is it a good idea to keep organised, but it will also stand you in good stead when you come to have your reflective discussion and confirmation in order to complete your revalidation application, especially if you get asked to verify your evidence by the NMC as part of their spot checks. 
 
 
Step Three – Take advantage of free resources   
 
Events:
 
Be sure to keep a look out for free nursing events, conferences and seminars – all of which count towards your 35 CPD hours.
 
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in particular are hosting seminars at the 2016 RCN Bulletin Jobs Fairs. Seminars will be running throughout the duration of the multiple exhibitions and will mostly be based on revalidation. Visit their website for more information and to register for your free pass. 
 
Support tools:
 
Check what your agency is offering before you make any expensive purchases. Medacs Healthcare is offering a free RCNi Portfolio account to all of their agency nurses, enabling them to read topical articles for reflection, take quizzes and online training towards CPD and access an e-Portfolio where they can store all of their revalidation evidence. The e-Portfolio can be downloaded and printed ready to submit as part of the revalidation application. For more information about the RCNi Portfolio and what Medacs Healthcare has to offer, visit the Agency Nurse Revalidation Portal.
 
If you don’t have access to free resources through your agency, take advantage of the range of templates and forms as issued by the NMC on their website:
If you feel that you need more information about the revalidation process and what the requirements are, take a look at the Agency Nurse Revalidation Portal, where you can find details of each element in addition to a step-by-step guide to completing your revalidation application.
 
 
Final thought
 
Whilst revalidation may be viewed as ‘more paperwork’ or ‘another process to complete’ amongst busy schedules, think about the revalidation requirements – I guarantee you’re covering many of them off today, you just don’t realise it.  
 
Please also remember that revalidation is not being introduced to route out bad apples. This is your chance to prove to the public, the government and organisations across the UK that you are passionate, dedicated and above most, simply fantastic at what you do!
 
If you feel that you need more information about the revalidation process and what the requirements are, take a look at the Agency Nurse Revalidation Portal, where you can find details of each element in addition to a step-by-step guide to completing your revalidation application.
 
I hope this help’s somewhat to guide you down the right path, if you have any other queries, please feel free to e-mail me at nurserevalidation@medacs.com or take a look at my other blogs on revalidation.
 
Good luck!
 
 
Written by Hayley Boulton
The Agency Nurse Revalidation Champion at Medacs Healthcare
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