Readmissions after fitness to practise sanction

The process for a nurse or midwife rejoining the register after being removed by a panel

If you have been struck off the register, you can apply for restoration five years after your striking off order took effect.

Application form

Please complete the application form with as much information as possible, to avoid delays.

By email
Email your completed form to newreferrals@nmc-uk.org, or fax to 0207580310

By post
Alternatively you can send us your completed form by post:

Fitness to Practise Department
Nursing and Midwifery Council
First Floor
1 Kemble Street
London
WC2B 4AN

What happens next?

We will send you a copy of the transcripts hearing and that led to your striking-off. We will send the transcripts to your referees and refer to them at your restoration hearing.

We will not be able to proceed with your application until your referees have confirmed and indicated that they have read and understood the transcripts which led to your striking-off.

Once we have the referee forms completed and sent back to us, we can arrange for your application to be considered at a hearing before the same type of committee that struck you off the register. This panel will only hear an application in person.

When selecting your referees, you may wish to consider their suitability to comment on your character and employment before and after you were removed from our register.

If you have any questions about the application procedure or the hearing, you should ask your case officer.

Preparing for the hearing

The restoration panel is bound by the findings and decision of the panel that struck you off. The restoration hearing is not an opportunity to argue against the findings of the original panel, or the severity of its decision.

Striking-off occurs when the panel considers the severity of impairment is incompatible with the registration as a nurse or midwife. This means you must satisfy the restoration panel that it can properly and safely restore your name to the register.

The panel will want to discuss with you what happened in the past and what could happen in the future. The panel may ask you:

  • What have you been doing since you were struck off?
  • How do you feel about the incidents that led to your name being removed?
  • How can you be sure something similar will not happen again?
  • What would you like to do if your application is successful?
  • How do you plan to get back into professional practice?
  • What have you done to keep up to date with developments in the profession?
  • Do you think you need professional updating? If so, how do you plan to get it?

Representation

You may bring a representative to help you deliver all the points you wish to make. You can choose anyone to be your representative – a barrister, solicitor, professional officer from your union or a friend. You should contact your representative as soon as possible to discuss your application before the hearing.

At the hearing

Conduct and Competence Committee hearings take place in public (when the press may be present); Health Committee hearings take place in private. The panel will be made up of registrant and lay members; a registered medical practitioner will sit on Health Committee panels. A legal assessor attends the panel to advise on any legal points. A panel secretary will also be in attendance to facilitate the hearing. Neither the legal assessor nor the panel secretary have any input into the panel’s decision.

A case presenter, representing the NMC, will be in attendance. The case presenter will provide a summary of the facts that lead to your striking-off and will question you about your application..

The chair will ask you to take an oath (or affirmation) that anything you say to the panel will be the truth.

The chair will ask you to confirm your name and former registration details. They will ask you:

  • whether you have been convicted of any criminal offence since striking-off
  • whether you are the subject of any criminal proceedings at the moment
  • whether you have claimed to be a registered nurse or midwife since you knew you had been struck-off.

The case presenter will read a summary of the facts that led to your striking-off.

The chair will ask you or your representative if you want to say anything to the panel. This is your opportunity to put forward your case for restoration to the register.

The NMC’s case presenter will question you about your application.

The chair and panel members will then ask you questions.

The chair will offer you a chance to make any final points in support of your application.

The panel will then retire in private to discuss your application and make its decision.

The decision

When the panel returns, the chair will tell you the panel’s decision.

If the panel rejects your application, you will not be able to re-apply for restoration for at least another year.

If the panel accepts your application, you will need to comply with our standards for readmission to the register.

You may be placed a conditions of practise order for a period of up to three years. This order must be reviewed before its expiry.

Our registrations team will be able to advise you on what you have to do. The register will show that you have been restored within the last five years.