Q+A about the new George Street office
Cathy Cairns, Assistant Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland Affairs, answers the most frequently asked questions about our new office in George Street, Edinburgh.
I'm Cathy Cairns, the Assistant Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland Affairs.
This is a new role which began in January 2011, tasked with improving NMC understanding of the influences that shape health and social care in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
I am working on developing strong relationships with senior level civil servants, educators, employers and professional bodies and to ensure that NMC policy takes into account the diverse needs of nurses, midwives, patients and the public in both countries.
I am based in the new office in Scotland, which allows for regular travel to Northern Ireland.
What is the Edinburgh office for?
The Edinburgh office is used for fitness to practise hearings and events in Scotland. It is also my office base. All registration, fitness to practise and professional advice queries should be made through the London office as before. If you are attending or taking part in a fitness to practise hearing, please contact us. Details for fitness to practise hearings can be found on the hearings schedule page. If you want to observe a fitness to practise hearing, read our section on attending a hearing.
How can I contact the office?
Telephone: 0131 624 5000
Fax: 0131 477 5050
When is it open and how do I get there?
The office is open from 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday. Map to the office
Is the office open to the public yet?
Information on the opening events can be found in our Events section.
Do I need to contact you before visiting?
Not if you are just dropping in. However, if you are coming for a hearing or an event you need to confirm your attendance in advance. In order to comply with Edinburgh City Council regulations we may have no more than 60 people in the office at any one time.
Can I renew my registration there?
The office has an electronic terminal for paying your registration fees. Postal renewals (including notification of practice forms) should still be sent to the London office: 23 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PZ. All registration inquiries will continue to be dealt with by the call centre in London: 020 7333 9333.
Is the office accessible by wheelchair?
The office is fully accessible by wheelchair.
Where is the nearest blue badge parking?
There are two designated bays on the street outside for blue badge parking.
Are there facilities for people whose hearing is impaired?
Yes, there are induction loops fitted in the hearing room and a portable induction loop in the event space.
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