Return to practice standards
We've published new return to practice standards
A nurse, midwife or nursing associate must undertake a minimum number of practice hours to remain on, or rejoin, our register.
Our return to practice standards set out the options available if you are unable to meet the practice hours requirements.
If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to email us.
Who they apply to
These standards will apply if you:
- have lapsed from our register and want to rejoin the register by seeking readmission but can’t meet the practice hours and CPD requirements
- are on our register and want to renew registration but can’t meet the practice hours and registration requirements.
In these situations you can either:
- complete an NMC-approved return to practice programme
- take a test of competence to return to practice
We published our new return to practice standards on 20 May 2019.
Our pre-2019 return to practice standards will apply to courses that have already been approved. We're starting approvals for programmes delivering our new standards.
If you're thinking of returning to practice
We've published some information about the options available to you when you're ready to rejoin our register.
Find out more about returning to practice.