To continue working as a Nurse or Midwife in the UK (including Northern Ireland) you must renew your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) each year.
In addition, every three years you will receive a Notification of Practice form, where you need to declare that you have met your post-registration education and practice (Prep) requirements. If you are a Midwife you will also have to submit an Intention to Practice form annually.
The NMC have introduced a new model of Revalidation for all nurses and midwives to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively. The purpose is to improve public protection by making sure that nurses and midwives continue to remain fit to practice throughout their career. Revalidation provides nurses and midwives with the opportunity to reflect on their practice against the standards in the revised NMC Code: Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives (NMC, 2015).
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Nursing and Midwifery post-registration education is necessary for the maintenance of professional registration, competence and capability and, ultimately, the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care. It is also crucial for further development of nursing and midwifery roles and new roles including those at an advanced practice level, such as, the Emergency Nurse Practitioner, and to develop new skills for specialist roles, including District Nursing, Health Visiting, Neonatal Care, Respiratory Disease and Diabetes.
The post-registration education and learning needs of the nursing and midwifery workforce in Northern Ireland are identified by Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts on an annual basis. Education and learning programmes are purchased by the DHSSPS from a range of education providers which includes the HSC Trusts, the three universities (in some cases universities outside NI), the Clinical Education Centre as well as independent providers such as the Royal College of Nursing. Commissioned programmes include study days, stand alone modules and short courses leading to an NMC regulated programme such as Specialist Practice Qualifications.
The DHSSPS commissioning process, or cycle, consists of four phases during the year. As part of this process, the DHSSPS circulates a commissioning proforma to all HSC Trusts for completion. On return, regional priorities are discussed by the regional Education Commissioning Group (ECG) which submits their proposed commissioning plan to the DHSSPS for agreement. The membership of the ECG includes HSC Trusts’ Education Leads for Nursing and Midwifery, the Director of Nursing from the PHA and DHSSPS personal including the Post-Registration Business and Contracts Manager, who is the contact person for all post-registration education, training and development business and liaises with HSC Trusts through their Education Lead.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the DHSSPS Commissioning Cycle diagram below:
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Learning Agreement Template for post-registration commissioned courses.
For further information on the Quality Assurance of DHSSPS Commissioned Development and Education Activity visit http://www.nipec.hscni.net/dhsspscommissioning.aspx
NIPEC's online portfolio is free to access and will help you meet the NMC’s requirements for revalidation. It is designed to help you keep a record of your practice, reflections and learning and development activities and for midwives the record of your annual midwifery supervision review.
If you are a member of the Royal College of Nursing the e-portfolio resource is free to access to help you meet the NMC’s requirements for Revalidation.
If you are a member of the Royal College of Midwifery the i-learn and i-folio resources are free to access to help you meet the NMC’s requirements for Revalidation.