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NMC gives National Update on Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation

Ben Whur, Senior Strategic Engagement Lead, Nursing and Midwifery Council, gives National Update on Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation at today’s conference. In his presentation Ben Whur discussed:

  • revalidation update
  • nursing Revalidation, Specialist Practice and Advanced Roles
  • developments from the revalidation pilot sites
  • how will an organisation ensure that the nurse or midwife who is revalidating is complying with the revised code?
  • planning for the changes at a local level
  • how do you demonstrate quality and safety in advanced nursing practice?

Ben Whur's full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In his presentation Ben Whur stated:

The four themes brought together in the Code include – prioritise (people), practise (effectively), preserve (safety), promote (professionalism and trust) to protect the public. Together they signify good nursing and midwifery practice

Revalidation is about promoting good practice across the while population of nurses and midwives. It is not as assessment of nurses or midwife’s fitness to practice.

The aims of revalidation is to

  • Raise awareness of the Code and professional standards expected of nurses and midwives;
  • Allow nurses and midwives to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ these standards;
  • Encourage nurses and midwives to stay up to date in their professional practice;
  • Encourage a culture of sharing, reflection and improvement;
  • Encourage nurses and midwives to engage in professional networks and discussions about their practice and
  • Strengthen public confidence in the nursing and midwifery profession
  • Overall, revalidation should lead to improved practice therefore public protection benefits

"Revalidation fundamentally is to highlight good practice, not bad"

"Revalidation aims to bring the code to life"

"Practice hours, 450, this seems to be the area that causes most concern. If in management your managerial work counts, it does not mean you have to start practicing as a nurse or midwife to make up your hours"

"No change to number of CPD hours, still 35, but do want you to think about the nature of your CPD, involve quality"

"Written reflective accounts, for most this will be a blend of practice, learning and feedback"

"The NMC think reflective discussion is critical, this is your time, not the NMC's time, we just need to know it's happening"

Ben Whur Biography

Ben has spent the last thirty years in senior leadership roles across the public and not for profit sectors. He was seconded to the NMC from the GMC earlier this year to lead on strategic engagement and the preparation for the introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives, which is anticipated for October this year. At the GMC he managed the programme to deliver medical revalidation and undertook significant engagement across the UK to support its implementation.

Prior to his work at the GMC and NMC Ben spent nearly eight years as an interim Director, CEO and consultant  leading large scale change programmes in Central and Local Government. This built on a career as a Director and CEO in the housing, health and social care sectors running complex regional and national organisations supporting vulnerable and socially excluded adults and children. Ben is an active volunteer supporting LGBT organisations and mentoring young leaders.

Future events of interest:

Our Nursing Revalidation conferences are for Nurses look at exploring appraisal, supervision, evidencing CPD, constructive reflection, and gaining patient/professional feedback. For a full list of our upcoming revalidation events click here


Download: Ben Whur's full presentation

2 December 2015

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