Eligibility

The Government has introduced emergency legislation that allowed the NMC to create a Covid-19 temporary professional register. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also now advised us that the UK is in an emergency situation with the threat of loss of life and serious illness arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means the NMC are now able to temporarily register fit, proper and suitably experienced people, so that they can practise if they want to and feel able to do so.

As with the permanent register, your registration will be listed on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s website.

If you have lapsed your NMC registration within the last three years, but have not been contacted, this may be because the last contact details that the NMC had on file for you are out of date. This does not mean that you are not eligible to apply – it may just mean that the NMC was unable to contact you directly. To check please visit the NMC’s website.

To find out if you are eligible to join, please go to the NMC’s website.

Complete the NMC form to join the temporary register. Please also complete the NHS return to work survey at the same time so we can progress matching your skills, expertise and experience to a role quickly and where it is most needed.

As we are responding to an emergency, you will not be asked to meet the same requirements as if you were re-joining the register in a non-emergency situation.

Specifically:

  • You won’t need to have practised for a minimum number of hours in the last three years
  • You won’t need to pay a registration fee
  • You will need to comply with the NMC Code and work within your scope of practice

Once you have completed your NHS England return to work survey, your information will reviewed by a team of clinicians to ensure we have all the information needed.

Your details will be carefully reviewed by those looking to match you to a role locally. You will be contacted to discuss options available to you and begin planning your return to work, including pre-employment and identification checks and any support you may need.

Thank you for offering your support in the fight against COVID-19; your skills and expertise are very much welcomed. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has outlined that joining the COVID-19 temporary register means you are able to practise again in a registered role; however, there are certain conditions on your practice. These include:

  • You must work as a registered nurse or midwife in an employed capacity for a health or social care employer.
  • You should always work under the direction of an NMC registered nurse, midwife or other registered healthcare professional who is not on a temporary register.

To find out whether you are eligible and to access relevant guidance, please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council webpages.

It is entirely your choice to join the COVID-19 temporary register. Please be assured that you can opt out at any time if you wish to. To access guidance and further information, please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council webpages.

All people returning to work have the same access as permanent NHS staff to free support designed to help all NHS staff take steps to maintain their physical and mental health and overall wellbeing. For advice and support available to you, please see the Health and Safety section of the FAQs.

As a skilled nurse or midwife who has trained overseas, your support and expertise are very much welcomed. Once you have been deemed eligible to join the COVID-19 temporary register, the NMC has outlined specific conditions that are placed on your practice which include:

  • You must work as a registered nurse or midwife in an employed capacity for a health or social care employer.
  • You should always work under the direction of an NMC registered nurse, midwife or other registered healthcare professional who is not on a temporary register.

In addition, you will need to comply with the NMC Code and work within your scope of practice.

We also strongly advise you to complete the Learning Resources for Internationally trained Nurses awaiting UK registration. You will also find wider training on ‘Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled‘. These COVID-19 learning resources are free to access for the UK health and care workforce, without the need to register.

Once on the COVID-19 temporary register, in terms of you deployment: health and care organisations have been asked to follow the Deploying Our People Safely Guidance. This ensures organisations follow the principles of building competence and confidence and ensuring necessary supervision when staff are being deployed into new roles and settings.

The NMC will write to you to confirm that you have successfully joined the COVID-19 temporary register and provide you with your unique emergency identification number. Employers will be able to confirm this by checking the COVID-19 temporary register.

Following this we suggest speaking with your line manager and human resources department about getting the necessary induction, remuneration arrangement, education, training and support in order to be to undertake your new registered nurse duties.

The easiest way of being quickly deployed, once you have your emergency identification number, is by completing the NHS Professionals return to work process. Should this not provide you with suitable options, please contact nhsi.nursing.returners@nhs.net or nhsi.midwives.returners@nhs.net so we can offer additional support.

As someone new to an organisation, you will receive a fast track induction, including all key mandatory training requirements to ensure you are supported to practise safely. NHS Employers have produced this guide for organisations around induction for overseas trained staff. We would expect that organisations aim to follow the NHS Employers guide, as well as the Deploying Our People Safely Guidance, during your induction.

As a nurse or midwife, you and your family are eligible for a one-year visa extension, if your visa is due to expire before 1 October 2020. This applies for both the NHS and the independent sector, and the extension is free of charge. This extension will apply from the date your visa is due to expire. Your family members’ visa will be extended to the same date as yours if they’re also due to expire before 1 October 2020.

The Home Secretary has recently extended the list of those eligible for a free extension, to see the full list on the GOV.UK website.

For more information on how to extend your visa, please see the GOV.UK website.

Currently all UK International England Language Testing System (IELTS) test centres are closed. Please regularly check the IELTS website for the latest information and updates on IELTS testing.

For Occupational English Test (OET) English language tests, updates as the situation progresses can be found on the OET website. At present, all OET tests have been suspended.

The Computer Based Tests (CBT), run by Pearson Vue, is currently affected by the pandemic and appointment availability is limited. Please regularly check the Pearson Vue website for the latest information and updates on the NMC Computer Based Tests.