How to record and evidence continuing professional development for revalidation
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Evidence & Practice    

How to record and evidence continuing professional development for revalidation

Lyn Middleton Senior nurse, Revalidation Team, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, South East Wales.
Denise Llewellyn Executive director of nursing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Headquarters, St. Cadoc's Hospital, Caerleon, South East Wales.

Rationale and key points

This is the third in a series of eight articles providing information about the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation process. This article focuses on recording and providing evidence of continuing professional development (CPD). Nurses and midwives must have undertaken 35 hours of CPD, of which at least 20 hours must have included participatory learning, relevant to their scope of practice, in the 3-year period since their registration was last renewed or they joined the register.

CPD enables nurses and midwives to ensure their knowledge and skills are up to date.

The participatory component of CPD encourages engagement and communication with others, thus challenging professional isolation.

Reflective activity

How to revalidate articles can help to update your practice and provide information about the revalidation process, including how you can record and evidence CPD for revalidation. Reflect on and write a short account of:

How recording and evidencing CPD will demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained in practice.

How you could use this article to educate your colleagues.

Subscribers can update their reflective accounts at

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10512


Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 05 April 2016

Accepted: 16 May 2016

Published online: 22 June 2016

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