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Update on Midwife Appraisal and Revalidation from the Nursing at the Midwifery Council

Katerina Kolyva Director of Continued Practice Nursing at the Midwifery Council gave an update on appraisal and revalidation at today’s Midwife Appraisal and Revalidation conference in London. In her presentation Katerina discussed: 

  • Developments from the revalidation pilot sites: taking forward the recommendations for a system of revalidation and learning from the responses to the consultation
  • how appraisal revalidation fits with the new NMC Code of Practice 
  • planning for the changes at a local level 
  • how will an organisation ensure that the midwife who is revalidating is complying with the revised code? 
  • what will be included in midwife appraisal? Moving forward with the pilot sites 
  • how will the quality of appraisal and revalidation recommendations be assured and inspected?

Katerina Kolyva's full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In her presentation Katerina stated:

"The purpose of revalidation is for improvement. Every single Nurse, Midwife etc have a method of reflecting and evaluating for improvement."

"Revalidation aims to allow nurses and midwives to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ these standards"

"In some areas nurse and midwifes had reflected that revalidation made them better and more aware"

"For the confirmer we found that there were 2 very distinct people that participated as the confirmer."

"The confirmer - has no power to remove or sanction any decisions based on the revalidation."

"The benefits for revalidation is four fold:

  1. for the public it will provide confidence and assurance,
  2. for Nurses and Midwifes it will raise awareness of the code and encourage a culture of sharing, reflections and continuous improvement.
  3. for employers it increase confidence in staff practise, encourages more consistent participation in appraisal and professional development and helps to clarify the nature and scope of investment required in CPD.
  4. for the NMC it will help to strengthen our regulation of nurses and midwives, raise standards of practice and provide more insight into how nursing and midwifery professions are practising"

Katerina finished by looking at what happens next saying that in September the programme boards in each of the four countries will provide their recommendations on revalidation readiness.  On 8 October the NMC Council will make a decision about taking revalidation forward.  It has been proposed that the first nurses and midwives to revalidate will be those with a renewal date in April 2016. All nurses and midwives should familiarise themselves with the revalidation requirements and start to develop their portfolio now.

All midwives must Sign up to NMC Online at
Find out their renewal date (which is when you will revalidate)
Read the provisional guidance and get up to date at

Dr Katerina Kolyva leads on revalidation, education, standards development, quality assurance of education and midwifery supervision. Her key focus is on the delivery of the education strategy and the revalidation model. 
Katerina has been a senior policy adviser on health and social policy for the European Commission and European Parliament. In that role she contributed to policy implementation in the fields of education, health, research and development. In 2004, Katerina was invited to lead the business strategy of a network of European nursing regulators. Katerina holds a PhD in European studies and has lectured on policy and project management. 

Future related events:

Nursing Appraisal & Revalidation & Implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Monday 19 October 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Tuesday 1 December 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Revalidation for Specialist Practice and Advanced Roles
Wednesday 2 December 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation & implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Wednesday 20 January 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Download: Katerina Kolyva full presentation

30 September 2015


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