What Is The Process Of Revalidation?
Posted on 20th April 2022
Revalidation is the process required for health professionals in the UK. For instance, it allows both midwives and nursing associates to maintain their registration with the NMC. The process of revalidation is different depending on the role. However, nurses are required to revalidate every three years.
Revalidation training encourages medical professionals to reflect on the code of their practice and demonstrate that they are continuing to operate within the standards set out by this code.
Why Is Revalidation Important?
There are several goals of revalidation training. First, it is designed to strengthen the confidence that the public has in medical professionals. Through revalidation the general public have evidence that medical professionals are delivering the best possible services.
Revalidation is not about completing an assessment of a medical professional’s ability to practice. Instead, it is based on encouraging elements of sharing, improvement and reflection in the medical community. It provides significant benefits to medical professionals and helps them to improve within their own role.
What Is Required During The Revalidation Process?
There are various requirements for revalidation that vary depending on your role in the medical industry. For revalidation training for nurses, you need to work as a nurse for 450 hours over the course of three years. This needs to be work where you are employed. Voluntary work does not count towards this.
You will also require 55 hours of training. 35 hours of this must be from a continual professional development training provider. Any training which is relevant to your role will count towards these required hours.
In terms of evidence of your revalidation, you will need five reflective accounts and five pieces of feedback. The feedback can be in any form from verbal feedback to official statements or parts of a report. The reflective account needs to be relevant and should relate to the NMC code of practice.
You will also need a reflective discussion. Here, you will speak to someone else on the NMC register. Usually, this will be someone else who shares your role such as another nurse. It can be a line manager but it may also be a colleague.
To complete the revalidation process, you will also need to provide a health and character declaration. This is a statement which claims you can continue to practise safely and effectively without any issues or concerns.
Finally, you will need to ensure that you have an indemnity agreement in place to practice. Your employer will not usually provide this for you. However, it is always worth getting your employer to confirm this with you directly. If they are not providing this, then you will need to set it up independently.
If you require revalidation training, get in touch with the Leicestershire Training Team today. We provide revalidation packages for UK health professionals. Contact us and we’ll be happy to provide the full package that you require in your professional career.
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