NMC Continuous professional development

NMC Continuous professional development helps nurses and midwives to continue their practice safely, efficiently enhance their practice and acquire new abilities.
Similarly according to NMC:
“As a professional, you must keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date through a continuous process of learning and reflection.”

What type of CPD is valid?

NMC does not prescribe any particular type of CPD. Therefore, you’re in a better position to determine which learning activity will be the most appropriate to your area of practice. You must have completed 35 hours of continuous professional growth (CPD) pertinent to the scope of your practice within the three years when your registration was last renewed or when you entered the register. Out of these 35 hours, 20 hours must be participatory learning hours.
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Participatory learning for continuous professional development:

Participatory learning refers to any activity of learning where you interact personally with others. It’s a process done with a few professionals or larger contexts. The group does not necessarily have to be in the exact physical location as conferences or study tours. It can be a virtual group (such as in an online forum). The professionals you interact with via participation in learning do not need to be health professionals.

What types of Learning actives are valid for NMC professional development?

Each learning activity that you engage in must be pertinent to the scope of your work as a nurse or midwife. This means that you should not include mandatory training required that is not directly connected to your work (for example, fire-related training or safety and health training) in the 35-hour CPD.
But, if you take any training or course relevant to fulfilling your duties and professional growth (for instance, mandatory training on equality laws if you are in a policy role), It is possible to include it as part of your CPD portfolio.

Requirements for NMC continuous professional development

You should maintain accurate and verifiable records of your CPD activities. For example:

  • The CPD method or a brief description of the topic and how it relates to your practice.
  • Dates the CPD activity and the number of hours and participatory hours.
  • Identification of the part of the Code most relevant to the CPD and evidence of the CPD activity.

    What are the different ways to acquire CPD hours?

    There are many other ways to earn CPD hours. For instance:

    • On the job learning
    • Reflections
    • Shadowing others
    • Working across departments
    • Role modelling
    • In-house training courses
    • Action learning

      Nursing revalidation provides complete support and guidance about CPD and NMC revalidation. You can get a large variety of available training courses to develop your career. For more details, please visit www.nursingrevalidation.co.uk

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