Your professional responsibility as a supervisor or assessor: nursing

In accordance with the NMC Mentor Standards for Learning and Assessment in Practice (2008), you will already have successfully completed an NMC approved mentor preparation programme.

In order to keep your mentorship current, it is essential that you:

  • Participate in an annual (12 months) Mentor Update
  • Participate in a Triennial Review process to ensure NMC standards are met
  • Support and summatively assess two students within the three-year cycle
  • Have an understanding of due regard
  • Have met the criteria to become a sign off mentor 
Standards for Allocation of Mentors to Nursing Students (PDF Download)

To be assured of the quality of the future healthcare workforce it is also essential that:

  • Students are supervised by mentors who are positive role models.
  • Students are supervised and assessed by mentors who support care that embraces the underpinning principles and values of the NHS Constitution and the 6Cs.
  • Mentors encourage and inspire students to make a difference to patient care.


From April 2016 all nurses and midwives in the UK must follow the new Revalidation process in order to maintain their registration with the NMC.

Visit the NMC Revalidation website For more information.

Revalidation replaces Prep but the requirements are essentially the same. There’s a new method of recording the achievement of requirements, with a greater emphasis on the standards set out in The Code (NMC, 2015).

Useful information

How to revalidate with the NMC (PDF Download)

Information for Confirmers (PDF Download)

Example completed records of achievement (PDF Download)