Introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives gets thumbs up

The introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives has been a major success, with the majority of those due to renew their registration revalidating successfully.
 
Latest figures show 90.48 per cent (14,362) of the 15,873 due to revalidate in April 2016 have successfully renewed their registration through revalidation and only 1,401 have left the register. This is in line with the number of registrants we would normally expect to leave the register in any given April.
 
Revalidation is the biggest change to the regulation of nurses and midwives in the NMC’s history and was introduced in April, fulfilling a key recommendation from the Francis report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
 
The new process means that the UK’s 692,000 nurses and midwives now have to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are able to deliver care in a safe, effective and professional way.
 
NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith, said: “Nurses and midwives are clearly embracing revalidation, which should reassure patients and the public they are receiving safe care at the hands of professionals who regularly reflect on their practice.
 
“We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who have gone through the process, with nurses and midwives telling us that they find it realistic, achievable and beneficial.
 
“Importantly, statistics from the first month show that there has been no increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving the register. This is contrary to concerns that revalidation might cause great numbers of registrants to leave. In fact, our register has seen a net increase of 31,000 people over the past six years.”