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 two years of the evaluation, covering delivery of revalidation from April 2016 to March 2018. The report focusses on changes identified during Year Two, provides the first assessment of progress towards outcomes, and builds on the interim considerations for the NMC provided in the Year One report.
The Year Two evaluation activities took place between October 2017 and June 2018 and comprised:
- Consultations with eight of the NMC’s key stakeholders
- Analysis of monitoring information held by the NMC
- A literature review of new evidence surrounding evaluation emerging since the publication of the Year One evaluation report
- An updated context review of external factors which could impact upon outcomes
- An online survey of 11,242 NMC registrants
- Case study interviews with 22 registrants who had completed revalidation during Year Two, and those who had acted as their line manager, their confirmer and their reflective discussion partner
- In-depth telephone interviews with an additional 25 confirmers and reflective discussion partners
For further information on the evaluation methodology, please see the methodology section of the report.