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NMC REGISTRATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES MARKS RECORD GROWTH

by Mathew Ealoor

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NMC REGISTRATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES MARKS RECORD GROWTH

The number of nurses, midwives and nursing associates on the NMC's permanent register has risen from 698,237 in April 2019 to 716,607 in March 2020, the majority of the numbers are overseas nurses.

Registrations from international nurses and midwives from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) increased by 11,008 (15%). Almost half the NMC’s permanent register growth came from international nurses originally trained in India and the Philippines.

The UK’s nursing and midwifery workforce has grown by more than 18,000 in the past year - the largest annual increase on record, according to the data released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

NMC figures recently showed permanent registrations from overseas nurses and midwives had declined from 1,348 in March 2020 to just 35 in April 2020, due to the coronavirus peaked in the UK.

NMC chief executive and registrar, Andrea Sutcliff said, “ the pandemic had meant the “vital skills, specialism and resilience of our nursing and midwifery professionals have never been more publicly recognised and value. It’s therefore great to celebrate record numbers of people on the NMC register.”

“The new data revealed needed to be used to “focus on creating the right environment, conditions and incentives to support the sustainable recruitment and retention of nursing and midwifery staff now and for the future”, She added.

Source Reference: www.nursingtimes.net