We've made the temporary registration of some groups on our Covid-19 temporary register subject to conditions to make sure there are appropriate safeguards in place for them to practise safely and effectively during this emergency. 

These are called conditions of practice and they must be complied with at all times.

What are the conditions of practice?

  • You must work as a registered nurse or midwife in an employed capacity for a health or social care employer.
  • You should always work under the direction of an NMC registered nurse, midwife or other registered healthcare professional who is not on a temporary register.

Who these conditions apply to

We will apply conditions of practice to your Covid-19 temporary registration if:

  • you left the permanent register between 1 March 2015 and 31 March 2018, or
  • you are an overseas candidate who meets the requirements for temporary registration.

Your entry on the Covid-19 temporary register will show that you have conditions of practice on your registration.

These conditions will be in place for the duration of your temporary registration.

If you left the permanent registrant in the last three years, you will not be working under conditions of practice.

If you’ve already joined the temporary register but it’s now been more than three years since you left our permanent register, we may need to apply some conditions of practice to your temporary registration. We’ll contact you directly if this affects you.

What does “work under the direction” mean?

The professional on the permanent register should assess the suitability and competence of the professional on the temporary register, and direct them to undertake appropriate care activities and tasks.

This could include, but is not limited to, specific nursing and midwifery procedures and the administration of drugs and medicines.

In practice, this means that an individual practising under these conditions of practice cannot be in charge of leading or managing the provision of health or social care for an individual or group or setting.

If I have conditions on my practice, can I do further training while on the temporary register?

You can complete any training or development that would help you in your role and capacity, as long as you are still working within these conditions of practice.