Changes to sub-part 2 of the nursing register (second level nurses)

Following changes to our legislation, we're no longer accepting applications to join sub-part 2 of the nursing register.

The Government consulted on this change to the law last year, and these changes came into effect on 12 July 2018.

Since the late 1990s, there have been no level 2 training programmes in the UK, so no new UK-trained people have been eligible to apply to join sub-part 2 of the nursing register for a long time.

Sub-part 2 was open to new applicants from outside the UK, although the number of applications we received was very small. No new applicants will be able to join sub-part 2 of the register.

If you’re registered on sub-part 2 of the nursing register, this will not affect your registration and you do not need to do anything. You’ll continue to revalidate and renew your registration as normal. You’ll also be able to re-join the register if you successfully complete an approved return to practice course, or from January 2020, pass an NMC test of competence, and can meet our other registration requirements. 

Please get in touch with us if you’ve got any questions about this change, or about your registration.


We updated this news story on 23 July 2019 to reflect our new return to practice standards.

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