The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to encourage thousands of nurses with lapsed registrations to rejoin the register to help out in a resurgence of the swine flu pandemic.
The NMC said it will be writing to over 90,000 nurses and midwives whose registration has lapsed within the previous four years.
Nurses and midwives are eligible to apply for readmission to the NMC’s professional register if they have worked as a nurse or a midwife during the previous five years for a minimum of 750 hours and have undertaken and recorded 35 hours of continuing professional development in the last three years.
The NMC said it was able to process correctly completed applications within two working days of receiving the forms and £76 readmission payment.
NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Kathy George, said: “The NMC is already working to support services to address any potential staffing shortages which may occur in the unlikely event of an escalation of the swine flu pandemic.
“We are doing this by writing to over 90,000 nurses and midwives whose registration has lapsed within the last four years and encouraging them to consider applying for readmission to the register.”