Renewal or retention
- Your renewal date is your revalidation date. It is when you have to renew your registration with the NMC. You have to renew your registration every three years through revalidation. Your renewal date is your revalidation date and it is the 1st day of the month in which you will revalidate. For example if your renewal date is in November, then it is the 1st day in November that you must revalidate.
- Your retention date is the annual date you will need to pay your fees to the NMC. You must pay your annual fee before your retention date otherwise your registration will lapse and you will be automatically removed from the NMC register.
You need to keep evidence that you have met the requirements for revalidation in a safe and secure place. This will usually be in a portfolio that can be paper based, computer stored or online, whichever is most appropriate for you.
It is likely, through your Prep arrangements, that you already keep a professional portfolio. If so, you do not need to maintain a separate portfolio. The NMC will provide guidance on uploading revalidation documents if you are required to do so.
If you are concerned about IT (availability or skills), it is worth exploring what support your local library, NHS trust or university can provide for you.
The RCN resource, Building and keeping a revalidation portfolio will help you to develop your portfolio. You can also watch a video of nursing staff sharing tips on how they collected and stored evidence for their revalidation.
The RCNi portfolio will support you to develop your portfolio. You will still need to use the NMC Online portal to complete your revalidation application.
If you are a member and subscribe to any of RCNi’s 11 journals, you will have access to the RCNi Portfolio. Make sure:
• You have registered at rcni.com
• You have upgraded your subscription to a print or a digital magazine with RCNi
• You have the correct email address (the one registered against your subscription).
Any concerns can be resolved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing your evidence
You need to be careful not to include any information that might identify a specific patient or service user in your portfolio.
You may choose to store your completed reflective discussion and confirmation forms in either paper or electronic format. You should still respect the fact that these forms contain personal data about your reflective discussion partner and confirmer.