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Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They exist to protect the public. They set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality healthcare throughout their careers.

They make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards. They have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards. They maintain a register of nurses and midwives allowed to practise in the UK.

Step 1: Assessment and recognition of qualifications

Recognition of qualification in the UK as a nurse responsible for general care

In the UK a nurse responsible for general care is known as an ‘adult nurse’.

If your qualification meets the requirements for automatic recognition, or if you meet the requirements for acquired rights, you should read the information below. You will need to send us the completed application form with certified copies of the documents listed below depending on your route of recognition.

  • If you meet the requirements for automatic recognition: You will need to supply certified evidence of your qualification as a nurse responsible for general care if it meets the requirements for automatic recognition and is listed in Annexe 1 of this booklet (see page 22).
  • Application made under acquired rights: You will need to supply evidence of your qualification certified by your registering body or competent authority if your qualification was awarded before 29 June 1979, or before your country became a member of the EU or EEA. We also need a certificate from them confirming that you have been practising as a nurse for three years out of the five years before the certificate was issued, quoting Article 23 of the Directive. 
In addition to either of the above, we require:
    • a police clearance certificate from every country you have lived in for more than three months; if you have lived in the UK, you can provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (these documents must be submitted within three months from the date of issue)
    • a marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
    • a certified copy of your passport or identity card
    • a certificate of current professional status, also known as a certificate of compliance 
or verification 
All of the documents must be certified photocopies. We must also receive an English translation of these documents. The translations must have been verified as authentic

If you are applying from Croatia, Poland, Romania or your qualification was issued in a country that no longer exists, you will be subject to different
acquired rights requirements (please see Annexe 2 (see page 29) of this booklet).

All of the documents must be certified photocopies. We must also receive an English translation of these documents. The translations must have been verified as authentic by an official translation agency or your embassy. You must then send the certified photocopies of the originals and the translation to the NMC. The NMC will not be able to return any of these documents to you so it is important that you do not send the originals.

If you do not meet the requirements for automatic recognition of your qualification or you have not undertaken the required recent practice requirement for acquired rights, please go to page 15.

Recognition of qualification in the UK as a midwife

If your qualification meets the requirements for automatic recognition, or if you believe you meet the requirements for acquired rights, you should read the information below.

You will need to send the completed application form with certified copies of the documents listed below depending on your route of recognition.

  • If you meet the requirements for automatic recognition: You will need to supply certified evidence of your qualification as a midwife. Please check Annexe 1 (see page 22) in this booklet to see if your qualification meets automatic recognition.
  • o If you completed a direct entry midwifery programme of three years or longer, your qualification will be automatically recognised.
  • o If you completed an 18-month midwifery training following registration as a nurse responsible for general care, we will need a certificate from your registering body or competent authority confirming that you have practised for 12 months as a midwife.
  • o If you completed a two-year midwifery programme following on from a three- year nursing programme, after your country became a member of the EU or EEA, your application will be assessed under the automatic recognition route.
  • Applications made under acquired rights: You will need to supply a certificate of current professional status from your registering body or competent authority. This certificate will need to indicate the type of qualification you received and if it was awarded before 23 January 1983, or before your country became a member of the EU or EEA. Your regulatory body or competent authority will need to also confirm that you have been practising as a midwife for three consecutive years out of the previous five years before the certificate was issued.

If you are applying from Croatia, Poland, Romania or your qualification was issued in a country that no longer exists, you will be subject to different acquired rights requirements set out in Annexe 2 (see page 29) of this booklet.

In addition to the above, we require:

  • a police clearance certificate from every country you have lived in for more than three months; if you have lived in the UK, you can provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (these documents must be submitted within three months from the date of issue)
  • a marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • a certified copy of your passport or identity card
  • a certificate of current professional status, otherwise known as a certificate of 
compliance or verification 
All documents must be correctly certified by an authorised party listed on the application form. If the document is in a language other than English it will need to be translated. We will not be able to return the documents you have submitted so please do not send the original version. 
If you do not meet the requirements for automatic recognition of your qualification or you have not undertaken the required recent practice requirement for acquired rights, please see below. 
Individual assessment (general system): Nurses responsible for general care and midwives who do not meet automatic recognition or the practice requirements for acquired rights. 
If you have successfully completed a qualification as a nurse responsible for general care or a midwife but you do not qualify for automatic recognition or you cannot meet the practice requirements for acquired rights, we will be able to consider your application through the ‘general system’. 
You will need to send us the application form with certified photocopies of the following documents:
    • Evidence of your qualification.
    • A transcript of your training. This must be an official document from your training institution. The transcript of your training must contain details of the subjects that you studied and the number of hours, as well as details of your clinical experience and the number of hours for each subject. 
In addition to the above, we require:

All documents must be correctly certified by an authorised party listed in the application form. If the document is in a language other than English it will also need to be translated. Please do not send originals as we will not be able to return the documents.

Once we receive your application form and the documents set out above, we will compare your transcript of training with the training that is required by Article 31 and Annex C, 5.2.1 of the Directive for general nurses, or Article 40 and Annex V, 5.5.1
for midwives (or the appropriate part of the NMC register for specialised nurses). If there are significant differences between your training and that required in the UK, we will explain this in a letter to you. Significant differences are shortfalls in either the length or content of your training programme compared to the training required in the UK.

If we highlight shortfalls in your training and experience, you will be offered the opportunity to make up these differences through a period of adaptation or an aptitude test, which must be undertaken in the UK.

Individual assessment: Recognition of qualifications as a children’s, mental health or learning disability nurse

The EU does not have set standards for the training of children’s, mental health or learning disabilities nurses. Your training will therefore be compared directly to that which is required in the UK.

You will need to send us the completed application form with certified copies of the documents listed below.

  • Evidence of your qualification: 
o If you have only trained as a children’s, mental health or learning disability nurse, your training must have been three years in length (or part-time equivalent). 
o If you trained as a children’s, mental health or learning disability nurse after you qualified as a nurse responsible for general care, you will need to send us evidence of your qualifications both as a nurse responsible for general care and as a children’s, mental health or learning disability nurse. This subsequent training must have been not less than 12 months in length.
  • A transcript of your training: This must be an official document from your training institution. The transcript of training must contain details of the subjects studied along with the number of hours and details of the clinical experience and the number of hours.

For the requirements of Article 31 and Annex V, 5.2.1 on the training of general care nurses, go to Annexe 3 (see page 32).

For the requirements of Article 40 and Annex V, 5.5.1 on the training of midwives, go to Annexe 4 (see page 33).

In addition to the above, we require:

  • a police clearance certificate from every country you have lived in for more than three months; if you have lived in the UK, you can provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (these documents must be submitted within three months from the date of issue)
  • a marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • a certified copy of your passport or identity card
  • a certificate of current professional status, otherwise known as a certificate of 
compliance or verification 
All documents must be correctly certified by an authorised party listed in the application form. If the document is in a language other than English it will also need to be translated. We will not be able to return the documents you have submitted so please do not send in the original version. 
For the minimum education requirements for an application to register with the NMC as a children’s, mental health or learning disabilities nurse refer to Annexe 5 (see page 35). 
We will recognise your qualification if you meet the requirements. If you do not meet the requirements, we will write to you explaining the shortfalls in your training. You will be asked to undertake an adaptation period or aptitude test before we can recognise your qualification.

Step 2: English language requirement

Following the recognition of qualification, and before entry to the register, all applicants will be required to supply evidence that they have the necessary knowledge of English. To protect the public, we need to be satisfied that all nurses and midwives on the register can communicate effectively in English. Communication is defined as speaking, reading, listening and writing.

To avoid delays, you may wish to include evidence that you meet the English language requirements your application. In this case, you will automatically move to stage 3 to complete your registration. If you have not submitted evidence of your language competence, we will ask you to do so.

Your evidence must demonstrate competence in the four areas of:

  • reading • writing
• listening • speaking

If you submit evidence of your English language, it will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • whether it is recent, objective and independent
  • whether it clearly demonstrates that you can read, write, communicate and interact 
with patients, service users, relatives and healthcare professionals in English
  • whether we can verify that your evidence is authentic

Types of evidence that we are likely to accept

The types of evidence that we are likely to accept in demonstrating that you have the necessary knowledge of English to practise in the UK are:

  • A recent3 overall score of 7 in the academic version of the International
English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must achieve no less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
o We may accept an IELTS score of at least 7 that is older than two years old, if you can show that your language skills have not deteriorated in that time.
  • A recent pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme that has been taught and examined in English in an EEA state. 
o The course must be taught and examined in English, with at least 50 percent clinical interaction. At least 75 per cent of clinical interaction with patients, service users, their families and other healthcare professionals must have taken place in English.
  • Registration and two years practice with a nursing and midwifery regulator in a country where English is the first and native language and a language assessment was required for registration.

o We will contact the nursing or midwifery regulator of the country in which you were registered to find out which language examination or assessment was used before accepting the evidence.

o Where the regulator operates a different standard of language test than the NMC, or we are unable to verify the results, we may ask you to provide additional evidence to demonstrate your knowledge of English. This may include achieving our required scores in the academic version of IELTS.

o We may require employment references from each of your employers over the previous two years confirming that your practice took place in English.

We may also accept other forms of evidence at our discretion. However, evidence must meet the criteria above and show competence in reading, speaking, listening and writing.

If you cannot provide evidence of your English language competence, you will need to undertake the academic version of the IELTS test. You must achieve no less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

For more information on our English language requirements, please read our Council’s English language guidance available on our website.

Step 3: Application for entry to the register

Once we are satisfied that you have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively, you can complete your registration as a nurse or a midwife.

To complete your registration, you will be required to make a declaration stating that:

  • you will abide by the NMC Code
  • you hold, or will hold when you begin practising, an appropriate professional 
indemnity arrangement
  • you are capable of safe and effective practise
  • nothing has changed in your application since first applying 
At this stage you will also need to pay the registration fee of £120. 
Once you have successfully met the requirements outlined above and paid the registration fee, then we will complete your registration.

Registration form.  Start at:

https://online.nmc-uk.org/europe/euform/euform

Complete PDF:

Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK for applicants. jan2016

 

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