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

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How to join

The Covid-19 temporary register is currently open to people who left our permanent register between 1 March 2015 and 30 November 2020.

See our Covid-19 temporary registration page for details.

Checking your details

After you submit your application, we’ll check your details and let you know when we have added you to the Covid-19 temporary register. If we have any questions, we’ll get in touch.

You’ll be added to the temporary register as either a registered nurse, midwife or dual qualified nurse and midwife. We won’t add any fields of practice or annotations to your temporary registration.

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

Conditions of practice

While on the temporary register, you can only practise in support of the Covid-19 emergency, either directly or indirectly. You’ll need to comply with the Code and work within your scope of practice. 

Your Covid-19 temporary registration will have conditions of practice if:

  • you left the permanent register between 1 March 2015 and 28 February 2017, or
  • you're an overseas candidate who meets the requirements for temporary registration.

This is to make sure there are appropriate safeguards in place for you to practise safely and effectively during the emergency.

Pay and working arrangements

Once you're on the temporary register, we'll make your details available to those leading the UK’s health and care services. They’re co-ordinating and planning how best to deploy the emergency workforce.

If they need your support, they’ll contact you directly using the email address you give us to see if you want to work.

Who to contact about working arrangements

We're not managing the deployment of the emergency workforce, so we cannot answer questions about where you will be working, your pay or pension.

Check the links below, depending on which part of the UK you are based, to find out more about the different arrangements in place for supporting you to join the Covid-19 workforce.

  If you were previously on the NMC register If you're an overseas candidate
England See Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers Contact your Human Resources team, or register your interest through NHS Professionals.
Scotland See Coronavirus (COVID-19): guide for health professions considering a return to the NHS Scotland Contact your NHS Scotland Health Board or visit this website
Wales See Covid-19: Guidance for nursing and midwifery workforce Contact the Director of Nursing within your local health board, turst or send any queries to DHSS.workforceplanning@gov.wales
Northern Ireland See Covid-19: Returning Professionals Advice Contact your Director of Nursing or Human Resources team, or register your interest through the Health and Social Care workforce appeal.

You can also contact your royal college or trade union if you have any questions:

Coming off the temporary register

You will no longer be registered:

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

Opt out of the temporary register

Once you've joined the temporary register, you can change your mind at any time and opt out.

Moving to full registration

Find out more about moving to full registration if you want to continue to practise once the Covid-19 temporary register closes.