Covid-19 vaccines

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Joining the temporary register

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Students on placements

For the latest information, check our Information for students and educators page.

What is happening with a student register?

We've closely monitored the ongoing and future workforce requirements and the progression of the pandemic.

Informed by the views of our partners and our assessment of the current situation, we’ve made the decision not to open up the temporary register to nursing students.

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What will happen if I don’t want to take part in a placement?

You will need to discuss this with your education institution.

I can’t complete my placement because it’s closed or I’m unwell. How does this affect my degree?

Your education institution will have processes to support you during any period of sickness or if your institution closes. Depending on the circumstances, your placement may be deferred for a period of time by your education provider. This may extend the time it takes for you to complete your programme once you return.

If I undertake paid clinical work (for example, as a health care support worker) or voluntary clinical work either alongside or while I'm deferring my programme, can these hours count towards my programme?

Hours worked alongside your programme would not count towards your programme. You will still be expected to achieve all of the learning outcomes specified in our standards.

Why isn't the NMC waiving the minimum practice hours requirements for nursing and midwifery students during the pandemic?

The minimum practice hours required for nursing and midwifery education programmes to ensure that students are capable of safe and effective practice when joining our register are determined by the standards approved by our Council. These standards were designed to be compliant with European legislation, including minimum practice hours. Although we have left the EU these standards remain until they are reviewed and any changes, if required, are approved by our Council.

Should I still go on placement?

You should follow the guidance from your education institution about whether placements are going ahead. If they are not going ahead then your university should advise you on what this means for you, and what this means for the rest of your programme with them.

What if my placement is cancelled?

Your university should advise you on what this means for you, and what this means for the rest of your programme with them.

If I am about to qualify and join the register, can I still expect to have a preceptorship year as normal?

Preceptorship is employer led and they will be able to advise you about this when you start working.

If I do not complete my practice placements in the first year, will I still need to meet the required 2,300 hours in clinical practice? 

We require all of the learning outcomes to be met by the end of your programme, this includes practice and theory hours. If you have an concerns about this please speak to your education insituation as they should have plans in place to support you.

I am no longer able to go on placement because I am in a high risk group. How am I going to get my required clinical placement hours?

As you are still required to meet you clinical placement hours you should speak to your education institution about what alternative solutions to clinical placements they have in place.

Are nursing and midwifery students who are on clinical placements classified as key workers?

Yes, student on clinical placements are still considered key workers. Speak to your AEI regarding evidence should you be asked to provide this.

I am a student undertaking the SPQ district nursing programme, can I contribute to this emergency using my skills as a registered nurse?

We recommend you speak with your education institution and your employer, they will be able to discuss your options and support you to decide what the most appropriate option would be. 

My employer is changing the way health visitor’s work for example we are reducing the amount of visits we make and my supervisor/practice teacher is working from home to make calls. These changes are making it difficult for me to gain experience, what should I do?

During these challenging times, different ways of working are required to keep people safe. You will need to discuss your situation with your education institution who will advise you on the options available.

I am currently on a post registration or master’s programme, should I be supporting the workforce through clinical practice and if I do what will happen with my programme?

You should discuss your situation with your employer and your education institution who will advise you on the options available.

If I leave my post-registration course, can I return to it afterwards?

We recommend you speak with your education institution and your employer, they will be able to discuss your options and advise you on how to defer and return to your programme. 

What should I do if I am undertaking a SCPHN programme and opportunity to complete 'alternative practice' placements is reduced?

If it is not possible to undertake these placements as required in our standards, students may need to defer their placement learning.

Can we use on-line simulation activities to replace practice learning hours for those students who are short on hours or unable to go into practice at this time?

Practice learning may be undertaken through simulated learning up to 300 hours (pre-registration nursing education, 2010) or in a proportionate way (standards for pre-registration nursing programmes, 2018).

Approved education institutions must ensure that simulated experiences involve direct contact with a healthy or sick individual and/or community for adult nursing to comply with our standards that were designed to be compliant with European legislation, including minimum practice hours. Although we have left the EU these standards remain until they are reviewed and any changes, if required, are approved by our Council.

Any change to the programme by way of virtual or simulated learning, indicating how this meets the standards for practice learning can be articulated using the Covid-19 exception reporting form.

Professionals on our register

Check our Information for nurses, midwives and nursing associates page for the latest information.

Overseas candidates

Check our Information for overseas candidates page for the latest information.