Applying for restoration to the register
If you would like to return to the register after being removed by a fitness practise panel, you will need to complete the below application form for restoration to the register.
If you have been struck off the register, you can apply for restoration after five years from the date the order came into effect.
Please complete the application form in full with as much information as possible to avoid delays.
Email your completed form to FtP-SORCATeam@nmc-uk.org
Alternatively you can send us your completed form by post:
Fitness to Practise Department
Nursing and Midwifery Council
1 Kemble Street
What happens next?
Your case will be allocated to a new case officer who will send you a summary of the facts that were proved at the original hearing and that led to your striking-off. We will send the summary to your referees and use it at your restoration hearing.
A Fitness to Practise Committee panel will hold a hearing to consider your application for restoration. This panel will only hear an application in person.
If you have any questions about the application procedure or the hearing, you should ask your case officer.
Preparing for the hearing
The restoration panel is bound by the findings and decision of the panel that struck you off. The restoration hearing is not an opportunity to argue against the findings of the original panel, or the severity of its decision. Striking-off occurs when the panel considers the severity of impairment is incompatible with the registration as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate. This means you must satisfy the restoration panel that it can properly and safely restore your name to the register.
The panel will want to discuss with you what happened in the past and what could happen in the future. The panel may ask you:
- What have you been doing since you were struck off?
- How do you feel about the incidents that led to your name being removed?
- How can you be sure something similar will not happen again?
- What would you like to do if your application is successful?
- How do you plan to get back into professional practice?
- What have you done to keep up to date with developments in the profession?
- Do you think you need professional updating? If so, how do you plan to get it?
You may bring a representative to help you deliver all the points you wish to make. You can choose anyone to be your representative – a barrister, solicitor, professional officer from your union or a friend. You should contact your representative as soon as possible to discuss your application before the hearing.
At the hearing
Fitness to practise hearings take place in public unless there are private things to discuss, such as health concerns, which the panel will hear in private. Journalists and members of the press are allowed to attend public hearings.
Who will be in the room?
The panel will be made up of registrant (that is, a nurse or a midwife) and lay members. A legal assessor will also be in the room to advise the panel on any legal points. An NMC officer will also be present to facilitate the hearing. Neither the legal assessor nor the NMC officer have any input into the panel’s decision.
A case presenter will represent the NMC.
How will the hearing run?
The chair of the panel will ask you to take an oath (or affirmation) that anything you say to the panel will be the truth.
The chair will ask you to confirm your name and former registration details. They will ask you:
- whether you have been convicted of any criminal offence since being struck off
- whether you are the subject of any criminal proceedings at the moment, and
- whether you have claimed to be a registered nurse, midwife or nursing associate since you knew you had been struck-off.
The case presenter will read a summary of the facts that lead to your striking-off, then the chair will ask you or your representative if you want to say anything to the panel. This is your opportunity to put forward your case for restoration to the register.
The NMC’s case presenter will ask you questions about your application, before handing over to the panel to ask you more questions.
Before the hearing ends, the chair will offer you a chance to make any final points in support of your application.
The panel will then retire in private to discuss your application and make its decision.
You will be called back into the room to hear the panel’s verdict, which will be confirmed to you in writing after the hearing. We will post the details of all successful restoration hearings on our website.