Revalidation support and guidance at Nurses Group to all nurses and midwives.

Revalidation is a new process that all nurses and midwives need to go through, in order to complete their registration with the NMC. Here at Nurses Group we understand that this can be a very daunting process for many of our nurses, especially as agency nurses.

So therefore, we have developed a means of support that fits around our nurses requirements and circumstances.

Taking effect from April 2016, revalidation is straightforward and will help you as a nurse or midwife to demonstrate that you practice safely and effectively. It encourages you to reflect on the role of the Code in your practice and demonstrate that you are practicing within the standards set out.

It's natural for any nurse or midwife to feel nervous about revalidation, but for agency staff who don't regularly work in a large NHS Trust, this pressure can feel even greater.

In reality, revalidation is no harder for agency nurses to complete. Here at Nurses Group we are here to support and provide guidance with you throughout this process.

Here are some simple things to bear in mind:

1. Sign up to NMC Online and check your revalidation date

Use NMC Online to manage your registration. Set up a free account and check your renewal date (the date when you will be revalidating).

The NMC will notify you at least 60 days before your application for revalidation is due. You then have 60 days to log in to NMC Online and complete the application process.

2. Give yourself time to learn the process

For those with a renewal date of 2017 and beyond, revalidation can seem a long way away. But remember, you will be revalidating on your practice for the whole three year period up to this date, so it is important that you understand what is expected from you.

Start collecting your evidence, build up your portfolio and discuss your revalidation evidence with others - that way you'll avoid any unnecessary surprises when you receive your 60-day reminder from the NMC.

3. Learn from others

It is estimated that 16,000 nurses and midwives have revalidated in April 2016, and a significant percentage of this figure will be agency staff. These colleagues will be gaining a wealth of experience about revalidation, and can help you to understand the process. You never know, you could be providing support for someone else in the future. Here at Nurses Group many of us nurses have already have gone through this experience and process and we can help you through yours.

4. Keep a record of your practice hours

To demonstrate to your confirmer that you have met the minimum number of practice hours required to revalidate, it is important to keep a record of your work. The NMC have produced a template for this. Practice hours includes time spent providing direct care to patients, managing teams, teaching others and helping to shape policy or run a care service - any time in which you have used your knowledge and experience as a nurse. It does not just mean hands on clinical practice.

5. Don't be afraid to ask for feedback

Getting feedback can be an uncomfortable process but it's vital to help you reflect upon and improve your practice. Questionnaires and simple feedback forms (including a version from the NMC) are a useful way to find out what you are doing well and what you could be doing better. Feedback can be from any point over the three years up to your revalidation date, so there are plenty of opportunities to ask. One way is by using your supervisions and appraisals here at Nurses Group.

6. Think about your CPD

As part of your revalidation, you must undertake 35 hours of continuing professional development, 20 of which must be in participation with other learners. Treatments and technologies are always changing so it's important to stay one step ahead.

7. Regularly update your portfolio

You may already have a portfolio with information about the training or courses you have completed in the last three years. If not - start collecting and storing your evidence now and make sure it’s saved in a safe place. Up-date with your certificates that you have achieved here working at Nurses Group, include your supervisions and appraisals.

Your portfolio can be paper-based, stored on a computer or online in a digital format.

8. Identify your reflective discussion partner and your confirmer

As a nurse or midwife, it's your responsibility to find an appropriate person who you can have your reflective discussion with; someone who can review your portfolio and confirm to the NMC that you have completed all the revalidation requirements, this can be a member of the team here at Nurses Group. It is your responsibility to find an appropriate person who can help you with your reflective discussions, someone who can review your portfolio. For agency nurses who feel isolated and unable to find a competent person to complete the relevant paperwork, at Nurses Group members of the management team will help and assist you through the process, giving you support where and when required.

In order to revalidate the NMC requires you to fulfil a number of requirements in each three-year registration period:

• 450 practice hours over three years (or 900 hours if you have a dual registration as a midwife and a nurse)

• 35 hours CPD including 20 hours participatory learning

• A minimum of five pieces of practice-related feedback

• A minimum of five written reflective accounts on your CPD, and/or practice-related feedback, and/or an event or experience in your own professional practice and how this relates to the Code

• A reflective discussion with another NMC registrant covering your five written reflective accounts

• Health and character declaration

• Declaration that you have a profession indemnity arrangement

• A third-party confirmation that you have complied with the revalidation requirements

As a registered nurse with the NMC you will be required to submit an application to revalidate before you can renew your registration at the end of your current three-year registration period. The application must be submitted by the first day of the month in which your registration expires.

It is your responsibility to know when you are due to revalidate and when your portfolio should be completed in preparation for your review. Please remember if you drop off the register it can take up to 3 months for you to be re-registered and able to work again.

It just takes a phone call or e mail to ask for help and guidance from us here at Nurses Group.