What is revalidation?

As a registered Nurse or Midwife you need to revalidate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) every three years so you can remain fit to practice throughout your career.


It is your obligation as a registered healthcare professional to ensure that your registration remains active.

Revalidation is the method by which you will renew your registration, and is built on Post registration education and practice (Prep). The purpose of revalidation is to improve public protection by making sure that you remain fit to practice throughout your career.

  • Reinforces your duty to maintain your fitness to practise within your own scope of practice
  • Encourages you to incorporate the Code in your day-to-day practice and personal development
  • Encourages engagement in professional networks and discussions and can help to reduce professional isolation
  • Enhances employer engagement in NMC regulatory standards and increases access and participation in appraisals and continuing professional development.

The NMC provides guidance for registrants and employers. Please note that as from 31 March 2017 the NMC has updated their revalidation standards and guidance. Employers can also watch videos about how Aneurin Bevan University Health Board supported their registrants as part of the revalidation pilot.

How can I get ready for revalidation?

As part of your revalidation, you must undertake 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to your scope of practice as a nurse or midwife over the three years prior to your revalidation date.

This must include 20 hours of participatory learning. You must maintain accurate and verifiable records of the CPD you have undertaken. For further information on how Unity Healthcare will help you with this please contact your dedicated recruitment consultant.

NMC online

Joining NMC online and ensuring you know when your renewal date is

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Contact Details

Ensuring the NMC has your most up-to-date contact details

The Code

Becoming familiar with the Code

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NMC Guidance

Reading the NMC Guidance on How to Revalidate

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Essential Guide

Downloading or ordering a hard copy of the RCN’s Your Essential Guide to NMC Revalidation pocket guide

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Download a copy of our Revalidation guide with frequently asked questions

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step by step guide

Download Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s handy step by step guide to revalidation

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Short Animation

Watching this short animation from the NMC about the revalidation process

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RCN library

Viewing the RCN library subject guide to revalidation, which details related books and journals.

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Social Care

For all nurses working in social care the following animation should be viewed

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