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Returning to practice: registering with the NMC

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To practise as a nurse in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Coming back after a break

If you were a registered nurse but have had a break, then you will need to meet a number of requirements laid down by the NMC.

You must have completed 750 hours of registered practice in the previous five years and 35 hours of learning activity in the previous three years. Practice can include supervisory, teaching, research and managerial roles as well as providing direct patient care. 

If you have not completed the required number of practice hours, you will have to complete an approved return to practice programme before making an application to rejoin the register.

Returning to midwifery practice

If you have taken a break from midwifery practice but your registration is still active you need to speak to your employer for support. When you return to work you must have submitted your intention to practise form for the current supervisory year (1 April to 31 March) and have a named supervisor of midwives. Along with your employer, your supervisor will support your return to work.


If your registration was removed by one of our fitness to practise panels, you will have to apply for restoration to the register.

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