Training and development (adult nursing)

This page has information on the training and development opportunities in adult nursing.

After studying to become an adult nurse, you need to be committed to learning and always keep your skills and knowledge up to date. 

Revalidation

To maintain your registration to practise with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you’ll need to go through the process of revalidation.

The process is straightforward and will help you as a nurse or midwife to demonstrate that you practise safely and effectively. You will have to revalidate every three years to renew your registration. 

Find out more about revalidation on the NMC microsite.

If you are employed by the NHS and wish to undertake further training, you should speak with your line manager. Discussions around training and development opportunities should form a part of your personal development plan (PDP).

Development opportunities

After qualifying and gaining some clinical experience, there are a variety of routes you could take as the next step in your career. You could specialise in a certain field such as operating theatres, care for the elderly or intensive care. Some nurses decide to move into management or clinical academic research.

Nurse consultants

As you gain more experience, you might be able to apply for jobs as a nurse consultant. You would spend a minimum of 50% of your time working directly with patients. You'll also have a number of other roles and responsibilities including:

Consultant nurse roles are specialised and posts are created based on the health needs of local communities. They are also among the highest paid nurses in the NHS.

NHS Leadership Academy

The NHS Leadership Academy runs a number of programmes to support adult nurses into leadership roles including the Mary Seacole programme. They also offer a programme purely for frontline nurses and midwives to help develop their skills and build confidence.

More information on the NHS Leadership Academy and its programmes.

Education and training roles  

Education, training the professional development of the next generation of nurses is vital to delivery of patient care. Nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses can get involved through a number of roles:

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