Four-in-10 nurses and midwives (40%) who are due to revalidate in April have not started their application yet, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) confirmed.
There are now just two weeks to go until revalidation officially begins. Nurses need to meet the requirements of revalidation before they can make their revalidation application.
According to NHS Employers, nearly 16,000 nurses and midwives are due to revalidate in April. This means that nearly 6,400 have not started their application, compared to 9,600 who have.
The NMC is reminding everyone to not leave their revalidation to the final deadline date.
Although the responsibility rests largely with nurses, practice managers can provide support and help throughout revalidation as part of their staff management. This also means that they will be up to date in terms of where the practice nurses are in terms of preparation, submission and successful re-registration.
The regulator stated that one nurse who has gone through the process urged: “Gather all the information required, talk to other colleagues and do not leave it to the last minute.”
The remaining 60% have either started or completed their applications.
In response to these figures, NMC chief executive Jackie Smith said: “It’s encouraging to see that so many nurses and midwives from the first group to revalidate have already completed their applications.”
Looking further ahead, a quarter of nurses and midwives due to revalidate in May have begun their applications.