Readmission requirements

What to provide with your application for readmission to the register

This information is for nurses and midwives only.

If you’re registered with us as a nursing associate, please contact us to find out what to do if you need to do to apply for readmission.

All applications for readmission need to meet our general requirements. 

If your registration has lapsed within six months of your most recent revalidation date, you'll also need to complete some of the revalidation requirements.

This page sets out what you'll need to do and provide. We've also added some extra information for referees. 

What you'll need to do

1. Practice hours

You must have undertaken registered practice for either:

  • 450 hours in the three years before you start your readmission application, or
  • 750 hours in the five years before you start your readmission application.

We can only consider the hours you worked when you were effective on the register. If you have worked without registration in a role that requires NMC registration, we'll also ask for details about this.

I can't meet this requirement

If you haven't practised for the required hours, you’ll need to complete a return to practice course.


2. Continuing professional development (CPD) hours

You must have gained 35 hours of learning in the three years before you apply for readmission.

These hours don't need to be from the time you were effective on the register.


3. Professional indemnity arrangement

All registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates must hold appropriate cover under a professional indemnity arrangement.

You’ll be asked to declare to us that you currently hold this cover, or will hold it when practising. 

See the guidance on professional indemnity arrangements.


4. English language

We’ll assess your application to determine whether or not you meet our English language requirements.

You can meet our requirements if:

  • you’ve been registered with us in the last two years
  • you’ve met the practice hours in a majority English language speaking country
  • you’ve completed an NMC approved return to practice course that was taught in an NMC approved educational institution and you’ve relied on this to apply for readmission
  • you’ve achieved the required score in an NMC-approved English language test.

We may ask you for evidence of how you meet our requirements.


5. Health and character declarations

In your application you'll need to declare:

  • any health condition and/or disability which may affect your practise
  • any police charges, cautions, convictions or conditional discharges other than those which are protected 
  • any fitness to practise determinations you have received from any other regulatory body

Read our guidance on health and character to find out what you must tell us about.


6. Supporting declaration and reference requests

If you’re declaring registered UK practice we’ll need:

  • surname and PIN of the NMC registrant providing your supporting declaration of health and character - they must have known you for the last year and been in contact in the last 6 months
  • name and email address of your employer
  • name and email address of someone on our list of approved signatories that you have known for the last year

If you’re declaring overseas practice from a majority English speaking country we’ll need:

  • a certificate of professional standing from the country you are declaring practice from
  • supporting reference from an NMC registrant on the same part of the register as you are applying to - they must have known you for the last year and been in contact in the last 6 months
  • reference from the employer that you have declared practise with

If you’re declaring overseas practice from a country not on the majority English speaking country list we’ll need:

  • a certificate of professional standing from the country you are declaring practice from
  • supporting reference from an NMC registrant on the same part of the register as you are applying to - they must have known you for the last year and been in contact in the last 6 months
  • a reference from the employer that you have declared practise with
  • evidence of English language

7. If you're applying for readmission within 6 months of your revalidation due date

If your registration has lapsed within six months of your most recent revalidation date, you'll also need to complete some of the revalidation requirements.

You'll need to:

  • provide a supporting reference from an NMC registrant on the same part of the register as you are applying to - they must have known you for the last year and been in contact in the last 6 months.
  • provide a reference from the employer that you have declared practise with
  • provide a reference from of someone on our list of approved signatories that you have known for the last year
  • declare 20 hours of your 35 hours of CPD are participatory
  • declare you’ve obtained five pieces of practice-related feedback
  • declare you have five written reflective accounts
  • confirm you’ve had a reflective discussion with an NMC registrant and provide their name and PIN

Visit our revalidation microsite for more detail on these requirements.


Information for referees

Before a nurse, midwife or nursing associate can be readmitted to our register, we have to be satisfied that they're able to meet our health and character requirements.

To help us make this decision, we ask applicants to nominate a referee to provide a supporting declaration of their good health and character. 

When a referee signs the declaration of health and character, they’re confirming that the applicant's health and/or character is such that they are able to practise safely and effectively.

Referees should consider our guidance on health and character when making their supporting declaration.

What about charges, cautions, convictions and conditional discharges?

We expect the person responsible for signing the supporting declaration to think carefully about how a charge, caution, conviction or conditional discharge may impact on the character of the applicant before deciding whether to sign it or not.

There may also be determinations from other regulatory bodies and conduct that would breach the requirements of the Code (whether or not it has resulted in criminal proceedings) that you may also need to think about.

Read our guidance on health and character for further information on what to consider.

What about health conditions and/or disabilities?

Having a health condition and/or disability doesn’t stop someone from being able to register with us – we just need to know whether their health condition and/or disability allows them to practise safely and effectively with or without reasonable adjustments.

What if I am unable to provide a supporting declaration?

If you're unable to provide a supporting declaration to confirm the applicant’s health and character, we'll ask you for the reasons why. We'll consider this information when making a final decision about the application.

We'll also ask the applicant to find another individual who can make the supporting declaration. If they can't, they will not be able to proceed with their application.