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Restoration

Applying for restoration to the register

If you would like to return to the register of nurses and midwives after being removed by a fitness practise panel, you will need to complete the below application form for restoration to the register.

Restoration

If you have been struck off the register, you can apply for restoration after five years from the date the order came into effect.

Application form

Please complete the application form in full with as much information as possible to avoid delays.

By email

Email your completed form to FtP-SORCATeam@nmc-uk.org

By post

Alternatively you can send us your completed form by post:

Fitness to Practise Department
Nursing and Midwifery Council
First Floor
1 Kemble Street
London
WC2B 4AN

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 panel of the committee that struck you off 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 or midwife. 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?

Representation

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

Conduct and Competence Committee hearings take place in public (when the press may be present); Health Committee hearings take place in private. The panel will be made up of registrant and lay members; a registered medical practitioner will sit on Health Committee panels. A legal assessor attends the panel to advise on any legal points. A Council’s officer will also be in attendance to facilitate the hearing. Neither the legal assessor nor the Council’s officer have any input into the panel’s decision.

A case presenter, representing the Council, will be present. The case presenter will provide a summary of the facts that lead to your striking-off and will question you about your application.

The chair 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 striking-off
  • whether you are the subject of any criminal proceedings at the moment
  • whether you have claimed to be a registered nurse or midwife since you knew you had been struck-off.

The case presenter will read a summary of the facts that lead to your striking-off.

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 question you about your application.

The chair and panel members will now ask you questions.

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.

The decision

When the panel returns, the chair will tell you the panel’s decision.

If the panel accepts your application, you will need to comply with our standards for readmission to the register.

Our registrations team will be able to advise you on what you have to do. The register will show that you have been restored within the last five years.