After you qualify
You've completed your training - what happens next?
Registration with the NMC
As you come up to completing your programme you will be looking forward to beginning work as a registered nurse or midwife. Registration is at the heart of NMC work and we maintain a register of over 670,000 nurses and midwives. It is our aim to ensure that your registration is completed as efficiently and quickly as possible. However the NMC need to ensure that this is undertaken correctly to ensure that we maintain the safety of the public.
The NMC receive between 8-9,000 names from universities every September and 2,000 every March, so it is important for you to work with us to reduce any delays in this process much as possible.
To make this registration with the NMC as efficient as possible as you approach the end of your programme it is important to ensure that you have met the following requirements. It would be useful to print the checklists below and tick if you have/have not completed these requirements.
Getting onto the register
When you university has electronically uploaded your course completion details and your declaration of good health and good character the NMC will then send you an application pack for entry onto the register. The process from the university sending the electronic upload to you receiving the application form by post takes 7-10 working days.
It is vital to make sure this application form is completed correctly. It would be useful to print the checklist below and tick if you have/have not completed these requirements.
When the NMC receives your completed application form and the fee of £100 a registrations officer will review your documents and if everything is completed correctly you will be registered within 2-10 working days. You will then receive your statement of entry to the register.
You can check to see if your registration is completed by using the published register on the NMC website. Your prospective employers can also use the online confirmation service to check your registration as the statement of entry is not proof of registration.
Please remember that it is important that you apply to register within five years of your course completion date or you will not be able to register as a nurse or midwife. If you do not register within five years of your course completion then you would have to re-enter a pre-registration programme. This is important if you have undertaken a dual qualification programme, for example you are dual qualified as a registered nurse and social worker. Some people in this situation may not register as a nurse within five years of completion of their programme and work as a social worker. Should you ever want to activate your registration as a nurse in the future, perhaps by wanting to undertake a return to practice programme you would not be able to.
Where there is a delay of six months or more between you completing your nursing or midwifery programme and applying to register your application must also be supported by a nurse registered in the same part of the register to which you have applied to enter. The registered nurse must have known you for at least a year, and have been in contact with you during the previous six months. This is in addition to the confirmation of good health and good character supplied by the University.
Every three years nurses and midwives are required to declare that they have met the Post-registration education and practice (Prep) standards, which are 450 hours within three years and 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD). This form will be sent with your renewal pack every three years.
Further information about Prep.
Midwives: You must then contact your local supervising authority midwifery officer (LSAMO) to inform them that you wish to practise as a midwife. You will then need to submit an Intention to practise (ItP) form annually.
You must apply to register within five years of your course completion date.
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