As part of revalidation, nurses and midwives must demonstrate to an appropriate person that they have met the revalidation requirements. This is called confirmation.
The role of the confirmer is an important one. If you are asked to act as a confirmer, it's important you understand what is involved.
What am I being asked to do?
As a confirmer, it will be your role to check whether a nurse or midwife has met the requirements of revalidation.
Most nurses and midwives will keep a portfolio of evidence, and they will use this to demonstrate how they have met the requirements.
As a confirmer, you are not being asked to make an assessment of a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise, or assess the quality of the individual’s work. You are simply looking to see that they can demonstrate they have met the requirements.
Who can act as a confirmer?
It is for individual nurses and midwives to decide who their confirmer should be. However, we recommend that where possible, a line manager should act as the confirmer.
Where this is not possible, we suggest a number of alternatives. Our confirmer tool can help identify an appropriate person.
When should confirmation take place?
Confirmation should take place in the final year of a nurse or midwife's three-year registration period.
The confirmation discussion should take place face to face and in an appropriate setting.
Where a nurse or midwife has an appraisal, confirmation can take place as part of this.
We have produced specific information for confirmers guidance to help you in this role. It contains everything you need to know about acting as a confirmer.
Will you contact me as part of revalidation?
As part of the confirmation process, you will need to sign a form stating that the nurse or midwife you are confirming has met the revalidation requirements. You will need to include your contact details on this form – this will include your name, professional address and NMC or other professional Pin where relevant.
As a confirmer, we recommend you keep a record of those nurses and midwives you confirm, particularly if you're acting as a confirmer for multiple nurses and midwives.
Each year we will select a random sample of nurses and midwives to provide further information about their application. This process is known as verification. As part of this process, we will contact you as the confirmer to ensure the confirmation discussion has taken place.
It is important to know that nurses and midwives are not selected for verification because we have any concerns about their practice.
Nurses and midwives can use our simple confirmer tool to identify an appropriate confirmer.