Please visit nmc.org.uk/COVID19 for information about our recent announcements including temporary registration and changes to how we’re operating during this time.

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The Government has introduced emergency legislation that allows us to create a Covid-19 temporary register. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also now advised us that the UK is in an emergency situation with the threat of loss of life and serious illness arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means we are now able to temporarily register fit, proper and suitably experienced people, so that they can practise if they want to and feel able to do so.

Our Council approved our Covid-19 emergency temporary registration policy at their meeting on 25 March 2020.

This outlines our emergency registration powers and sets out our approach to identifying which groups of people are, or may be, suitable for temporary registration during this Covid-19 emergency.

Who can join this register

In the first instance, we're only opening the Covid-19 temporary register to nursing and midwifery professionals who left our register within the last three years.

  • You won’t need to have practised for a minimum number of hours in the last three years
  • You won’t need to pay a registration fee
  • You will need to comply with the Code and work within your scope of practice.

If you decide to join the Covid-19 temporary register, you can change your mind at any time and tell us that you wish to opt out.

Your health and wellbeing

Consider your health and wellbeing, and that of those around you, and whether you feel comfortable returning to work. You may want to refer to the Government’s latest advice when making your decision.

We will rely on you making an assessment of your own health and character, which may be confirmed by any prospective employer.

How to join this register

We sent an email to everyone who left our register within the last three years on Friday 20 March 2020, inviting them to join the Covid-19 temporary register.

If you did not receive an email from us, the contact details we have for you may be out of date.

Use the link below to let us know you want to join the Covid-19 temporary register instead:

Join the Covid-19 temporary register

We’ll email you a link to a form, so you can let us know your current details. Then we’ll verify your information against our records.

You will be added to the Covid-19 temporary register as a registered nurse, midwife or dual qualified nurse and midwife. We’ll let you know once this is done.

We won’t add any fields of practice or annotations to your temporary registration.

Working while on the temporary register

Once you’re added to the Covid-19 temporary register, we’ll pass your details to those leading health and care services in the UK.

They are co-ordinating and planning how best to deploy the emergency workforce. If they need your support, they’ll contact you directly on the email address that you give us to see if you want to work. 

If you haven’t done so already, please complete this return to work survey so that your skills can be matched to where they are most needed.

To find out more information about conditions of employment please visit the following websites, depending on where you are based:

You will need to comply with the Code and work within your scope of practice.

Coming off the temporary register

You will no longer be registered:

  • when the Covid-19 temporary register ceases because the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care advises us that the emergency situation no longer exists
  • if at any time you decide to opt out of the temporary register, or
  • if our Registrar decides to remove your name from the temporary register during this time

Answering your questions

How many people have you asked to join the temporary register?

On Friday 20 March 2020, we sent an email to 50,000 nurses and midwives who have left the permanent register within the last 3 years, inviting them to join the Covid-19 temporary register.

Do I need to pay to join the Covid-19 temporary register?

No, you do not need to pay a registration fee to join the Covid-19 temporary register.

What indemnity cover / insurance do I need to have to work?

Please speak to your employer about what arrangements will be in place for indemnity cover. The government is ensuring that legal protections will be in place for those who take part in work as part of the Covid-19 response.

Where will I work?

If a state of emergency is declared by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and you have told us that you’d be willing to join the temporary register and have completed our online contact form, we will then pass your details on to those leading the UK’s health and care services in this emergency situation.

They are coordinating and planning how best to deploy the emergency workforce and where they will be based across all four countries of the UK.

What protection will I have from catching Covid-19 if I go to work?

Please follow the most recent government advice relating to keeping well during this period and discuss this with your employer.

I left the register more than 3 years ago, can I join the temporary register?

At the moment, we are inviting those who have left the register in the last three years. We're also encouraging current registered professionals not in front line roles to return to clinical practice. If this changes as this emergency situation evolves, further information will become available.

Are all nurses and midwives eligible to join the temporary register?

No, at the moment the temporary register is only open to those who have left the register in the last three years and that are determined to be fit, proper and suitably experienced.

Who will you determine is fit, proper and suitably experienced?

We will not consider people who were removed from the permanent register either through our fitness to practise processes or who lapsed with outstanding fitness to practise concerns as fit, proper and suitably experienced.

What if I want to join the temporary register, but I'm worried about my own health and well being?

You must give due consideration to your health and well being before opting in to be on the temporary register. Please refer to the most recent government guidance when making your decision. It may be possible that there are support and advice roles that you could be involved in. Please speak with your employer.

What happens if someone raises a concern against me?

We will assess any concerns raised. The decision to remove someone from the temporary register rests with the NMC Registrar.

Do I need to meet any revalidation requirements to join the Covid-19 temporary register?

No. Our normal registration and revalidation requirements will not apply to those joining the temporary register.

Will my previous post-registration / SCPHN qualifications still stand?

No, your previous post-registration qualifications will not stand if you are on the temporary register. This includes any previous prescribing qualification you may have held.

What would happen to me if any questions were raised about my competency or fitness to practise, after I started work?

These would not be dealt with by way of any FTP proceedings but where there were justifiable concerns the Registrar would have the power to remove you from the temporary register.

Why would the NMC's Registrar decide to remove me from the Covid-19 temporary register?

If concerns are raised about an individual’s fitness to practise who is on the temporary register, the Registrar has the power to remove them from the temporary register immediately.

Will joining the temporary register affect my pension or benefits?

You can get advice on this from the Department for Work and Pensions.