Taking the stress out of re-validation
I had to go through re-validation for the first time this year and the thought of it filled me with dread. I felt confident I had completed all my mandatory learning and I had done lots of independent study – my blog work alone gives me qualifying study and research hours. But it’s the paperwork and stress of it all that ties health professionals in knots. We have enough stress going on in our working life without having to prove our worth! Or so it feels. In reality, it makes sense. In our profession, it’s important to keep our skills up, and research based practice is so important so we are always learning.
Before the current re-validation system came in, you were required to declare you had completed the relevant study hours and had kept up to date by ticking a form. At random, you could be chosen to provide your portfolio of evidence. I kept a folder of all my study day certificates and anything else I could think of, and hoped for the best. It got messier the longer I was qualified!
Now, having gone through the re-validation process, it’s actually much easier. It’s all online, and there’s very little room for error. You download all the forms you need from the NMC website, and it becomes clear as you do it. Tip – as you do your e-learning, study days and reflections, log them in the forms so that you don’t have it all to do at once! Your line manager can help you with it all. Keep thank you cards and all types of feedback you get.
Utilise any online learning you can
I’ve been introduced to a new online platform for CPD (continuous professional development) called Health Professional Academy, where you can easily access CPD modules for midwives, that count towards your re-validation hours. I tried it out and I can tell you, I love it!
You register with a very simple adding of your basic details, then you are directed to relevant modules, or you can search for what you want. Perhaps you’ve experienced something at work that made you think, or realised you have a gap in your learning.
Once you’ve chosen your module, it’s simply laid out in slide format, with text and pictures, all with evidence based research at the core. They have areas for reflection pre and post learning which you can note down actually in the platform, which I really liked. I chose the Breastfeeding: Improving colostrum and breastmilk supply module.
There is a short quiz at the end, then you get a certificate and a link to put in your reflective discussion for the re-validation.
You can take as many as you like. Such a useful resource! You can choose the subjects you are most interested in and that complement your practice. It’s very easy and intuitive to use, and doesn’t take long to complete.
Adverts are used at the end of the modules, like the breastfeeding one I took was sponsored by Lansinoh. Once completed, you get sent an email with a link to your certificate. You can then print it out or upload it directly to the NMC. Think carefully what you write on the pre and post learning objectives, as this is printed on the certificate.
What makes health professional academy unique?
They offer free, certiﬁed CPD accreditation which counts towards your re-validation, as well as a wealth of additional learning resources.
• The learning community is made up of 11,000 registered users and supported by a social community of 20K+
• The learning content is designed by experts – working collaboratively with health care professionals and leading academics
• They understand the importance of the learning experiences; as such, they have developed an experience with the audience in mind. It’s learning that can be done on the-go, at a time that suits, in a variety of engaging formats
• A learning community from the team that know women and their babies best – sister company to Emma’s Diary and Families. All health information included in the learning modules and resources comply with UK government guidelines (e.g. NHS, BFI, NICE).
I hope this post has helped you if you’re coming up for re-validation, or if you’re just looking for a good way to keep up your CPD hours. Let me know if you give it a try, or if you have any questions, I’d be happy to chat.