From April 2016 the NMC are changing the requirements that nurses and midwives must meet when they renew their registration every three years. Registrants need to undertake 35 hours of continuous professional development (CPD) (of which 20 hours need to be participatory). CPD can include reading and reflecting on professional reading.


Click here for information on RCN Revalidation Study Days


How the Library can help you with Revalidation

Library staff can help you to find articles, guidelines or reviews from resources such as the NHS Healthcare DatabasesCochrane Library or NICE Evidence.

You can also request articles that aren’t available online.

We also have study space which you can use for reading and reflection, and PCs for e-learning.


Online resources

A webinar on how the Royal Mardsen Manual can help you with revalidation

Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] Revalidation Website 

NMC Booklet – How to Revalidate with the NMC

NMC Revalidation Forms

NMC Revalidation Case Studies

NMC – The Code – professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives

NMC Twitter / @nmcnews

NMC Revalidation eMail Newsletter

NHS Employers – Revalidation for nurses and midwives

Nursing Times – NMC Revalidation. FAQs 

Nursing Times – Using reflection on reading for revalidation


BMJ Best Practice– Free access to up to date health evidence.

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

NMC examples for CPD 


For all the journals we have purchased for you go to My journals and log in with your NHS Athens username and password.

If you are looking for an article but you can’t find the full text online, fill in this request form, and we will obtain a copy of the article for you (there may be a charge for this service).



Books on Reflective Practice

Nursing Education 


Other knowledge guides


Community nursing

Preceptorship nursing

Pre-registration health information


Reflective reading for revalidation

A recent article in the Nursing Times,  Collins, G et al (2015) Using reflection on reading for revalidation. Nursing Times; 111: 23/24, 14-16 describes how structured reflection on some professional reading can be an easy way to complete the non-guided CPD requirement for revalidation, showing evidence of continuing professional development through reflection on learning.

The benefits of reflection, linking reading to the NMC code and locating good sources of information are outlined.  Use of the Searching, Reviewing, Linking and Action (SRLA) reflective framework is suggested to aid purposeful reflection of what is read.