Portfolio Management for Medical Revalidation
The process of renewal for NMC registered nurses and midwives is changing. On October 8th 2015 the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) confirmed their acceptance of a new Revalidation model which will be rolled-out nationwide from April 2016.
NMC Revalidation Requirements
At the point of renewing their NMC registration, nurses and midwives will need to be able to demonstrate that they are keeping up-to-date and actively maintaining their fitness to practise. To do so, they will need to show that, over the previous 3 years, they have:
- Practised a certain number of hours
- Undertaken a certain number of hours of continuing professional development (CPD) – both participatory and non-participatory
- Obtained a number of pieces of practice-related feedback
- Recorded a number of written reflections on:
- the NMC Code,
- their CPD, or
- their practice-related feedback
In addition they must provide declarations relating to health and character, and their arrangements for Professional Indemnity.
Full details of the revalidation requirements and process can be found on the NMC Revalidation pages.
The Challenge for NHS Trusts
An ongoing challenge for Trusts and other healthcare providers is the recruitment and retention of nursing staff, particularly when those nurses and midwives are approaching their NMC registration renewal.
The new revalidation process provides an opportunity for nursing managers to better manage their teams, by supporting them on their revalidation goals throughout the 3 years prior to renewal. Helping nurses to build an on-going online digital portfolio of the revalidation requirements reduces the number of nurses who fail to gain renewal, and also allows the management of the Trust to track and mitigate the risks associated with renewal.
Being able to see at a glance which teams are most at risk of losing staff as a result of failed revalidation, provides team leaders and nursing managers with the opportunity to resolve problems of shift management and insufficient training early in the revalidation cycle. This can lead to:
- Increased staff competence due to improved professional development,
- Improved levels of NMC registration renewals, and, therefore,
- Reductions in staff turnover