Working without registration

You cannot work as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate without effective registration

You may commit a criminal offence if you work in a role requiring registration with the NMC while you're not registered.

This means you cannot continue to practise a nurse, midwife or nursing associate until you're readmitted to the register.

What to do if your registration has lapsed

If your registration has lapsed, you should stop working as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate immediately and tell your employer that you no longer have effective 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 the outcome of your readmission application, you can check if your employer can offer you a role that does not require registration.

If we become aware that you’ve been working without registration

If you apply for readmission and we become aware that you have been practising without being registered, the Registrar may refuse your application for registration.

If you're on the register when we become aware of this, we may open a fitness to practise investigation.