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Return to Practice

Readmission to the Register

Return to Practice

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMCrequirements for readmission to the register  

As part of your readmission application, you must demonstrate that you have either: 

  • completed 750 practice hours over 5 years 

  • completed 450 practice hours over 3 years 

  • competed a return to practice programme, or 

  • completed a test of competence 

Detailed information is available on the NMC’s website 

NMC Returning to the register checklist

NMC Covid-19 temporary register 

Returning to the permanent register 

If you are on the Covid-19 temporary register, you can apply for readmission to the NMC permanent register in line with the Return to Practice (RtP) standards and readmission process. 

Once the emergency is lifted, the temporary register will be closed and you will no longer be able to practise as a registered nurse or midwife. 

Detailed information is available on the NMC’s website 

NMC - Readmission via the Temporary Register

The Scottish Government funding Model

The Scottish Government continues to be committed to supporting those wishing to return to the NMC register and work in Scotland’s health and care workforce as nurses and midwives. 

A new funding model has been introduced whereby candidates apply to an NHS Board or independent employer (e.g. Care home) for a returner vacancy. The Scottish Government will fund programme fees for those candidates who are employed according to the following process; 

  • NHS Board or employer and University joint interview and selection 

  • Occupational health and disclosure arrangements   

  • After selection the employer will pay the candidate at Agenda for Change Band 2 for the duration of the programme 

  • On successful completion of the programme the candidate will be employed as a staff nurse by the NHS Board or independent sector employer. 

NHS Education for Scotland has been commissioned to manage the funding for the programme at the two Universities in Scotland:  

Links to information on vacancies available for returners and details of the programme will be available here shortly. 

If you have further questions regarding this scheme, please contact us at: