Currently, the revalidation plans are being piloted across various sectors across the UK, with the aim to be introduced early 2016.
What is the revalidation system?
Midwives and nurses will be required to undertake revalidation as part of their three-yearly renewal process.The Nursing and Midwifery Council hopes to strengthen professionalism among nurses and midwives using the proposed system. According to NHS Employers, revalidation is to ensure public protection and that midwives and nurses are working in accordance with The Code: Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives (revised March 31 2015). 
So far, revalidation does not affect current NMC legislation; however there could be changes if there is sufficient evidence to do so.
How will the new revalidation system work?
When midwives and nurses come to renew their registration (usually every three years), the employer will then confirm that the employee has complied with The Code and is fit to continue to work within her/his profession.
Revalidation is also expected to encourage midwives and nurses’ development throughout their career.
While it’s the employee who renews their registration and confirm their revalidation, it is also the employer’s responsibility to ensure support and a good working environment is maintained.
When will revalidation come into effect?
(NMC) has tested the revalidation process, which was completed in June 2015, in the following NHS Trust branches:
- Central Manchester NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust
- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Mersey Care NHS Trust
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Western Health and Social Care Trust
A report will then be published by the NMC, highlighting a set of new resources that will assist with the implementation of revalidation.
Nationwide, the introduction of the revalidation process will happen in spring 2016.