About CPD, appraisal and revalidation

Questions about obtaining CPD for your revalidation are answered below

In April 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) introduced revalidation for nurses, a process that nurses must complete in order to maintain their registration with the NMC.

The NMC state that revalidation should allow nurses to demonstrate that they practice safely and effectively, and will encourage nurses to reflect on the NMC Code.

Nurses must revalidate once every three years. The NMC run a three-year cycle of revalidation, where they will examine nurses CPD portfolios to see if they have met the requirements to revalidate.

Nurses must meet or complete the following requirements in order to revalidate:

  • 450 practice hours
  • 35 hours of CPD while this can include a wide range of activities, including online learning, 20 of these hours must be participatory.
  • Five pieces of practice-related feedback
  • Five written reflective accounts these must reflect on some of your CPD, feedback, or an incident within your practice. All accounts must relate back to the NMC Code.
  • A reflective discussion with another nurse or midwife
  • A health and character declaration
  • Evidence demonstrating appropriate indemnity
  • Confirmation: a form must be signed by your confirmer

One of the requirements nurses must meet in order to revalidate successfully is to collect 35 CPD hours over the three year period since their registration was renewed.

CPD can take a variety of forms, including online learning, events and conferences. But it must take place separately from your normal practice.

You cannot obtain all 35 hours solely from online learning. The NMC requires that 20 of the 35 CPD hours must come from participatory learning activities defined by the NMC as any activity where you personally interact with other people.

Mandatory training that is required as part of your practice, or as part of your professional development, may be included in your 35 hours.

Nursing in Practice CPD features a variety of online modules that you can use towards your 35 CPD hours. Each module will be worth a suggested number of hours, but it is up to you to assign the number of hours you feel appropriate to that module.

The site features a comprehensive CPD dashboard, which will store any module that you have completed and add up the number of hours you have completed since you last renewed your registration. It will also show you how many hours of participatory learning you still need to obtain.

The dashboard also allows you to record other activity that you have completed towards your revalidation requirements, such as attending conferences or events, as well as store your practice-related feedback and reflective accounts.

Nursing in Practice runs free conferences around the country that you can attend as part of your participatory learning requirements. For more information, click here.

The NMC website has a number of resources and information on the revalidation process.