Midwives without 'Intention to Practise' form

Why someone might not be entitled to provide midwifery care

Please note that the Government has now confirmed that it intends to move forward with changes to our legislation. This will mean some changes to the way midwives maintain their registration with the NMC, including changes to the intention to practise process. 

ItP stands for Intention to Practise. For a midwife to legally provide midwifery care in the UK to women and babies and be called a ‘practising midwife’, they must:

  • be registered on the midwives’ part of the NMC Register
  • have handed to their named supervisor of midwives, a completed form, known as an Intention to practise (ItP) notification that confirms they are intending to practice as a midwife for the coming year

The year runs from 1 April to the 31 March and the form has to be submitted in time for the start of every practice year. If the midwife has only recently been registered they submit their form at any time during the year but it must be before they start providing care. They will need to submit another in time for the start of a new practice year.

When the message appears alongside a midwife’s name that they are not able to provide midwifery care at this time, it may be that the local supervising authority (LSA) has not yet informed the NMC that they have received a completed ItP form. In such cases, it is advisable to contact the LSA’s midwifery officer to enquire if they have been notified.

Local supervision arrangements are not in place outside the UK. Midwives practising outside the UK, as well as in Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, do not have to file an intention to practise notification.