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Post registration education and practice

This page introduces the post registration education and practice (PREP) requirements for nurses, midwives, and specialist community public health nurses, and describes where to get further information.

PREP requirements

In the United Kingdom, the registration of nurses, and midwives and specialist community public health nurses is a prerequisite of their employment as registered practitioners.

They must maintain their registration by meeting the post-registration education and practice (PREP) standards set by their regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses who do not comply with the PREP requirements will cause their registration to lapse and will no longer be able to work as registered practitioners.

The NMC’s PREP requirements

The post registration education and practice requirements are professional standards set by the NMC. Employers should expect registrants to have met these standards.

There are two separate PREP standards that affect registration:

  • The PREP continuing professional development (CPD) standard.
  • The PREP (practice) standard.

Further information

For more information about PREP and CPD, please contact the NMC or visit the NMC website:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
23 Portland Place

(020) 7637 7181
Fax: (020) 7436 2924
Website article: (specifically regarding PREP):

This article was originally published by NHS Careers

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