The requirement

You must have prepared five written reflective accounts in the three year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register. Each reflective account must be recorded on the approved form and must refer to:

  • an instance of your CPD, and/or
  • a piece of practice-related feedback you have received, and/or
  • an event or experience in your own professional practice

and how they relate to the Code.

We want to encourage nurses and midwives to reflect on their practice, so they can identify any improvements or changes to their practice as a result of what they have learnt.

Each of your five reflections can be about an instance of CPD, feedback or an event or experience from your work as a nurse or midwife – you can even write a reflection about a combination of these. It’s important to think about the Code when you write your reflections, and consider the role of the Code in your practice and professional development.

We have provided a form which sets out the different things you need to think about when writing your reflections. You must use this form to record your written reflective accounts. You may store this form either electronically or in paper form.

We have provided some examples of completed reflective accounts that you might find helpful in thinking about how to approach the requirement. These accounts don’t need to be lengthy or academic-style pieces of writing. You can simply note down what you learnt, how it improved your practice, and how it relates to the Code.

You should be careful not to record any information in your reflective accounts which may identify another person. Our section on non-identifiable information has more information about this. Please see page 14 in How to revalidate with the NMC.