Don’t Be Scared of Re-validation!

Re-validation was introduced in April 2016 to replace the PREP requirements and it is the process by which all UK nurses and midwives maintain their NMC registration and demonstrate that they are practising safely and effectively. The requirement for re-validation is every 3 years and an online submission is required.

We thought we would ask our very own Sally Fitzsimons, RGN, for her experiences of re-validation and any tips she has for nurses. Sally has been a nurse for 35 years and has worked at ENS as our Nurse Recruitment and Compliance Officer for 11 years! So here is Sally’s first-hand experience with re-validation –

“Re-validation is NOT as big and scary as you think it is going to be – in reality it is just an extension of PREP which we are all used to completing. I was one of the first group of nurses to re-validate in April 2016 and I honestly found the whole process to be easy and stress free.”

In essence the requirements are as follows:

  • 35 hours of CPD with 20 hours being participatory
  • 5 reflective accounts
  • 5 pieces of practice related feedback
  • A reflective discussion with another nurse
  • Sign off from a confirmer.

If you are working as an agency nurse rather than in a substantive role, the requirements are no different and in fact you could find many parts easier, as you have so much more varied experience to draw on for the reflective pieces.

To get started all you need is an NMC Online account You can use NMC Online to find out your renewal date and find out more about re-validation. All the forms and templates your need are online and can be downloaded You will need to submit your application through the online portal.

So don’t leave it until the last minute, it is just a big word for something that all nurses and midwives are used to doing throughout their usual working practice.

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What people are saying about ENS

ENS has been our sole agency provider for the past 8 years. During this time we have worked in partnership to establish an agency service that provides us with the assurance that ENS staff are flexible, highly trained and able to adapt to our working environment across all of our diverse services.
ENS has been able to support our services to a very high standard throughout our geographical locations. Key Performance Indicators often exceed agreed outcomes.
Our relationship with their senior team and operational supervisors is professional and open. We are assured that our long standing working relationship with ENS will continue.
To this end we would not hesitate to recommend ENS as an agency provider to support their organisation.

Director of Human Resources and Training – large Housing and Support charity based in London

We needed to fill two last minute vacancies with high quality teachers.  With this brief, Julie from ENS did not disappoint.  One candidate was from Canada and Julie ensured that the move over went as smoothly as possible both for the teacher and the school. 
What impressed me the most was how Julie listened to exactly what I required and so no time was wasted on my part, sifting through candidates who would not have been good enough for my school. I would highly recommend ENS to another school looking to fill their teacher vacancies.

Darren, Drapers Academy in Harold Hill

My daughter Lynda has enjoyed 24 hour care provided by ENS since July 2013. The care staff are all well trained & briefed as to her complex healthcare regime & are also very sociable. This is very important to Lynda who loves to talk &interact with them. They also manage her household budget, encourage her to participate in domestic tasks within her capabilities, & promote a healthy lifestyle. The administration of ENS is excellent & has ensured that Lynda has a regular rota of carers & that when stand ins are necessary that they have had shadow shifts with her.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the hard work and support you have offered our Foyer and Parent and Child Scheme in managing the placement of temporary staff.
We appreciate the level of consistency and continuity your staff have bought to the schemes and would not hesitate in recommending the services of ENS Recruitment.

Foyer Manager – Large Housing Association based in Southeast England