Revalidation & NMC Registration

Bright Selection is keen to ensure that all nurses are correctly registered with the NMC and are well-aware of the 2016 revalidation process.


Getting ready to join the NMC register?

If you’re graduating soon, NMC Online will be the best way to manage your registration. It’s the easiest way to:

• pay your fee

• update your contact details, and

• complete your notification

of practice (NoP). If you fill in your NoP online you don’t need to return the paper form to us.

Find out more about NMC Online and how to join the register.



1. 450 Practice Hours – (900 Hours for midwives)

You will be required to show evidence of 450 practice hours (900 hours for midwives), which reflect your scope of practice. This can be documented using the template provided by the NMC.  The links for all of the templates can also be found on the Revalidation FAQs page

If you should be asked to provide further information to verify your declaration within your application, you will be asked to provide the below details.

  • Dates of practice
  • The number of hours worked
  • Setting in which you worked
  • Description of the work undertaken
  • Scope of practice
  • Evidence of your practice hours, such as timesheets and job specs.
  • The details of the organisations

If you do not meet the required 450 hours within the 3 years prior to your revalidation you will need to complete the relevant return to practice programme before you can renew your registration.

2.  35 CPD Hours (20 Participatory)

Continuing Professional Development  

You will need to provide evidence that you have completed 35 CPD hours, with 20 of the hours being participatory learning.

This can include: Conferences, webinars, online learning modules, reading, mentoring, etc.

It can also include mandatory workplace training but only if the learning content is directly applicable to your area of practice.

The NMC does not set any formal conditions on what does and does not constitute valid CPD. The only requirement is that any CPD undertaken produces learning outcomes that are relevant to your area of practice.

3.  Five Pieces of Practice Related Feedback

You will need to be able to evidence five pieces of practice related feedback obtained over the three years prior to your revalidation date.

This feedback can be obtained from a variety of sources, from patients to colleagues, including your fellow nurses and healthcare professionals. The feedback can be presented in a formal or informal format and can be either positive or constructive. You will need to be able to make note of how this feedback impacted your performance.

When recording your feedback you must ensure that you do not record any information that may identify an individual.

Please note – you will not have to provide copies of your related feedback when submitting your application to the NMC. However, you will need to tick a box detailing that your Confirmer was satisfied with your five pieces.

4. Five Written Reflective Accounts

You will need to be able to provide evidence of five written reflective accounts, written within the last three years prior your revalidation date.

Your reflective accounts can be of an event, CPD, feedback or an experience within your practice. You must be able to note down what you have learnt and how you changed or improved your practice as a result of this experience and how this is relevant to the code.

Again, when recording your feedback you must ensure that you do not record any information that may identify an individual.

Please note – You must use the mandatory form provided by the NMC to record your reflective accounts, which can be found here.

5. Health & Character Declarations

When submitting your application you will be asked to complete a Health and character declaration to satisfy the registrar that you are capable of safe and effective practice.

‘Good health means that you must be capable of safe and effective practice without supervision. It does not mean the absence of any disability or health condition.’ – NMC  

In addition to this you will be required to inform the NMC if you have been cautioned, charged or found guilty of a criminal offence.

6.  Professional Indemnity Insurance

When submitting your revalidation application you will be required to declare that you are covered by the appropriate indemnity insurance. All practising NMC registrants must be covered with professional indemnity insurance by law. If you are not covered, you can be removed from the register.

Find out more about professional indemnity insurance for NMC registrants here.

7. Reflective Discussion

You will be required to participate in at least one reflective discussion with a registered NMC professional, this can be a colleague or somebody within your professional network. Your reflective partner does not necessarily need to be registered on the same part of the NMC register.

The reflective discussion is an opportunity to reflect on your five written reflective accounts

and discuss how these accounts relate to the NMC code. Your discussion must be completed within the 12 months leading up to your revalidation date.

If you are unable to complete your discussion face-to-face then it can be done via video call. It can also be undertaken in-line with your confirmation, where appropriate.

Please note – You must use the mandatory form provided by the NMC to record your reflective accounts. The NMC will require you to tick a box to confirm this was completed and you will need to provide your reflective partner’s details when submitting for revalidation. However, your confirmer will need to see a copy of the completed form.

8. Confirmation

You will need to have your confirmation within the 12 months leading up to your revalidation application. Your confirmation can be completed by a non-NMC registrant. However, it is strongly recommended that the confirmer is either your line manager or somebody of a similar scope of practice to yourself.

Using the mandatory form provided by the NMC, the confirmer will go through the revalidation documents you have provided and will check that you are able to demonstrate that you have met the revalidation requirements.

Your confirmation must be face-to-face and, if your confirmer is an NMC registrant, they will also be able to do this in-line with your reflective discussion.