The nursing regulator has launched a consultation today that proposes rule changes that would enable nurses and midwives to pay their £100 annual registration fee in instalments.
If backed by the consultation, the change will be implemented in around 18 months’ time, after the Nursing and Midwifery Council has made the necessary system and policy changes.
“We are determined to introduce the ability to pay the registration fee in instalments as soon as we can”
At its last meeting in July, the NMC council backed the possible introduction of new rules that would enable it to collect fee payments on a phased basis as well as the current lump sum – a move that could be viewed as attempting to sweeten the bitter pill of plans to increase the fee itself.
NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “We are determined to introduce the ability to pay the registration fee in instalments as soon as we can, making it easier and less burdensome for nurses and midwives.
“A fully functioning system of paying registration fees in instalments, for all nurses and midwives, will be in place from 2016,” she added.
The fee instalments consultation will run from 11 August to the 3 October. Visit the NMC website for more information and to take part in the consultation.
Meanwhile, the NMC is due to bring forward its unpopular plans to increase the fee from £100 to £120 at its October meeting, once it has completed analysing responses to a separate consultation exercise.