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COVID-19 Temporary NMC Registration

COVID-19 Temporary NMC Registration

by Mathew Ealoor

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The Government has introduced emergency legislation so that we can temporarily register fit, proper and suitably experienced people if they want to practise and felt able to do so.

We launched our Covid-19 temporary register on Friday 27 March 2020, following the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care advising 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.

Who can join this register

In line with our Covid-19 emergency temporary registration policy and our joint statements on expanding the nursing and midwifery workforce, we’ve identified which groups of people may be suitable for temporary registration.

To ensure we build up the temporary register in a safe and measured way, we will be inviting these groups to join in the order set out below.

Order of inviting groups of people onto the temporary register 

Group(s) of peopleWhen they will be invited to join the temporary register
Nurses and midwives who left the register within the last three yearsFrom Thursday 19 March 2020
Overseas applicants, including both nurses and midwives, who have completed all parts of their NMC registration process except their OSCEFrom week commencing Monday 6 April 2020 - date to be confirmed
Nurses and midwives who have left the register
within the last four and five years
This may include those who have left the register up to five years ago who have started, but not completed, Return to Practice programmes
From towards the end of week commencing Monday 6 April 2020 - date to be confirmed

Nursing students in the final six months of the programme

We’re not yet opening the temporary register to nursing students in the final six months of the programme.

We will keep this under close review in discussion with our partners in all four countries to determine whether and, if so when the temporary register should be opened to this group. 

Joining the temporary register

If you fall into one of the groups mentioned above, we will send you an email inviting you to join the Covid-19 temporary register.

Some of our usual registration requirements will not apply, so:

  • 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 Code and work within your scope of practice – there may also be additional conditions of practice.

If you decide to join the Covid-19 temporary register, you can change your mind at any time and tell us that you wish to opt-out.

Answering your questions

Are all nurses and midwives eligible to join the temporary register?

No, at the moment the temporary register is only open to those who have left the register in the last three years and that is determined to be fit, proper and suitably experienced.

How many people have you asked to join the temporary register?

On Friday 20 March 2020, we sent an email to 50,000 nurses and midwives who have left the permanent register within the last 3 years, inviting them to join the Covid-19 temporary register. On 2 April 2020, we released a joint statement that details which additional groups will be invited to join the temporary register. 

Who will you determine is fit, proper and suitably experienced?

We will not consider people who were removed from the permanent register either through our fitness to practise processes or who lapsed with outstanding fitness to practise concerns as fit, proper and suitably experienced.

If I am invited to join the temporary register, will I be working under conditions of practice?

If you left the permanent registrant in the last three years, you will not be working under conditions of practice. 

You will be working under conditions of practice if:

  • you left the permanent register more than three years ago but up to five years ago, or
  • you're an overseas candidate who meets the requirements for temporary registration

Read our statement for more information about the conditions of practice.

Do I need to pay to join the Covid-19 temporary register?

No, you do not need to pay a registration fee to join the Covid-19 temporary register.

What indemnity cover/insurance do I need to have to work?

Please speak to your employer about what arrangements will be in place for indemnity cover. The government is ensuring that legal protections will be in place for those who take part in work as part of the Covid-19 response.

Do I need to meet any revalidation requirements to join the Covid-19 temporary register?

No. Our normal registration and revalidation requirements will not apply to those joining the temporary register.

Where will I work?

If you have completed our online contact form, we will then pass your details on to those leading the UK’s health and care services in this emergency situation.

They are coordinating and planning how best to deploy the emergency workforce and where they will be based across all four countries of the UK.

What protection will I have from catching Covid-19 if I go to work?

Please follow the most recent government advice relating to keeping well during this period and discuss this with your employer.

What if I want to join the temporary register, but I’m worried about my own health and well being?

You must give due consideration to your health and well being before opting in to be on the temporary register. Please refer to the most recent government guidance when making your decision. It may be possible that there are support and advice roles that you could be involved in. Please speak to your employer.

Source Reference:www.nmc.org.uk