How do I get NMC revalidation exceptional circumstances?

My NMC Revalidation is due while I'm on maternity leave and not working - is there any way to claim exceptional circumstances and delay it for a year?


  • edited July 31

    Generally speaking, the NMC only offered exceptional circumstances for maternity leave and planned leave during the first round of revalidations after it was introduced.

    If you break it down, the criteria is not that difficult to meet. It is as follows;

    • 450 practice hours, or 900 if renewing as both a nurse and midwife.
    • 35 hours of CPD including 20 hours of participatory learning.
    • Five pieces of practice-related feedback.
    • Five written reflective accounts.
    • Reflective discussion.
    • Health and character declaration.
    • Professional indemnity arrangement.
    • Confirmation.

    The reason why the NMC are more reluctant now to offer exceptional circumstances is because the majority of these requirements you will have already met prior to going on maternity leave.

    That being said, it is certainly worth speaking to them and asking, but I'd advise making a start on evidencing as soon as possible.