Working with a lapsed registration

You cannot work as a nurse or midwife without effective registration

It is illegal to work in a role requiring registration in any circumstance while you are unregistered. This means you cannot continue to practise a nurse or midwife until you're readmitted to the register.

What to do if your registration has lapsed

If your registration has lapsed, you should stop working immediately and tell your employer that you have a lapsed registration.

You'll then need to apply for readmission to the register before you can practise as a nurse or midwife again - this application can take between two and six weeks.

While you're waiting for readmission, you can check if your employer can offer you a role that does not require registration.

If you're found working with a lapsed registration

If you apply for readmission after practising without being registered, we may open a fitness to practise investigation or refer your application to the Registrar's advisory group