The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent regulator for the nursing and midwifery professions in the UK, which account for a large portion of the UK healthcare workforce. Ipsos MORI was commissioned by the NMC in March 2016 to conduct an independent evaluation of revalidation for nurses and midwives. The evaluation follows the first three years of revalidation, with reports to be published on an annual basis.
This interim report outlines the findings from the research activities undertaken in the first year of the evaluation, covering delivery of revalidation from April 2016 to March 2017 (the first year of revalidation), and provides interim considerations for the NMC.
The topline data from the online survey with NMC registrants, which measured experiences of the revalidation process and early outcomes of revalidation are also available.
The Year One evaluation activities took place between October 2016 and June 2017 and comprised:
- Consultations with eight of the NMC’s key stakeholders
- Analysis of monitoring information held by the NMC
- A literature review of evidence surrounding revalidation
- A context review of external factors which could impact upon outcomes
- An online survey of approximately 36,000 NMC registrants
- Case-studies with seven registrants who have undergone revalidation, their line-managers, confirmers, and their reflective discussion partners.
- Interviews with 24 former nurses and midwives who have lapsed from the NMC’s register
For further information on the evaluation methodology, please see the methodology section of the report.