The Government will soon be announcing emergency legislation which will allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to create a temporary register to help them respond to COVID-19.

This means, the NMC will be able to temporarily register fit, proper and suitably experienced people, so that they could practice if they wanted and felt able to do so.

The NMC expects this legislation to be ready by the end of March.

Can I join the temporary register?

The register will only be open (in the first instance) to nursing and midwifery workers who have left the register in the past three years. Additionally, there will be no minimum requirement for the number of hours practiced in the last three years; no registration fee will apply and you will still need to comply with NMC standards of practice.

Should you join the temporary COVID-19 register, you are welcome to opt-out at any time.

How do I join the NMC temporary COVID-19 register?

The NMC sent emails on 20 March 2020, to all those whose registration elapsed in the past three years, inviting them to join the COVID-19 temporary register. If you have not received this email, you are advised to check your spam folder or alternatively submit your interest via their online form.

What happens when / if the emergency legislation comes into force?

Within 24 hours of the Government announcing that we are in a state of emergency, the register will go live. If you have decided to details and registration will then be listed on the NMC website.

Can I still work through HCL Workforce Solutions?

So long as you are accepted onto the NMC register and fulfil our compliance requirements, you will be able to apply directly for suitable roles.

We have increased our compliance capabilities in light of the COVID-19 emergency, meaning that we can get you out to work faster than ever before.

We’re currently experiencing unprecedented demand for roles across the country – submit your availability to work and a member of the team will be in touch.

More information

For additional information, including FAQs – please refer to the NMC temporary registration guidance briefing.

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