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Return to practice (Nursing and midwifery)

We support nurses and midwives to return to practice.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Return to practice requires the readmission to the nursing register.

The NMC has a number of requirements for this. 

You can find detailed information on this process on the Nursing and Midwifery Council website.

Returning to the permanent register from the temporary Covid-19 register

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

Once the Covid-19 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 Nursing and Midwifery Council website

Scottish Government funding model

The Scottish Government supports those wishing to return to the NMC register.

They have introduced a new funding model where candidates apply to an NHS Board or independent employer (for example, care home) for a returner vacancy.

The Scottish Government will fund programme fees for candidates employed under certain conditions. 

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


Local contacts and vacancies 

Irene Kennedy at Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Kate Goodhand at Robert Gordon University  

Debra Heron at NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Practice Education Team at NHS Borders

Christina Hoare at NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Doreen Smith at NHS Fife (Website)

Nicola Riddell at NHS Forth Valley  

Lorraine Allan  at Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Laura Reid or Lindsey Gillespie  at NHS Grampian  

David Lamont at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde  

John Sinclair at NHS Highlands and Islands

Marion Malone at NHS Lanarkshire

Return to Practice Team at NHS Lothian (Website)

Graeme Bartlett at NHS Orkney

Carol Stewart at NHS Tayside

Anna Nicolson at NHS Western Isles (Website)

Jacqui Neil at Scottish Care (Website)



Last updated: 27/09/2020

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