Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration for Overseas Nurses

To work as a nurse or midwife in the UK you must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Once you are registered with the NMC you get a personal number unique to you; this is your NMC Pin.

Language tests for EU nurses

From January 18th 2016 every EU nurse registering with the NMC will be required to pass an English language test -IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The IELTS exam is composed of four different modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking . Nurses wishing to register with the NMC must score a minimum of 7 in each module. A score of 7 is equal to C1/C2 in a standard English exam.

NMC Application Process

The entire NMC Application process is outlined out below. If you run into any difficulties during the registration process, give your TTM Consultant a call; they will be happy to help you in any way they can.

Joining the Register

Log onto the NMC website and complete the form to apply for an NMC registration pack here. You should receive the application pack within 2 weeks. If you do not receive it, please call the NMC on 0044 207 333 6600 and ask them to send it again.

Tip: When you receive the application form, make a note of the PRN (Personal Reference Number) on the front page - you will need this for all correspondence with the NMC.

Completing the NMC Application Form

Section 1: Should already be complete with details from your online application
Section 2: Education and training
Section 3: Details of any criminal record you may have
Section 4: This is your Self Declaration: please ensure everything is correct before you sign and date it
Section 5: You will need your GP or Occupational Health Department in work to sign this off to confirm that you are medically cleared to practice. This is ONLY required if you have not completed the ‘Supporting Declaration of Good Health and Good Character for Admission to a Part of the NMC’s Professional Register’ form.
Supporting Declaration of Good Health and Good Character for Admission to a Part of the NMC’s Professional Register: this must be completed by the nursing board in the country you studied in.
Details of registration and practice: fill in details of any post qualification experience that you might have. You do not need to add information about volunteering work or training that you have done.
Registration or licensing authorities: fill in details of your nursing registration.
Misconduct: Tick the misconduct question, sign and date the form.

Double check everything and ensure it is all completed!

Supporting documentation

Don’t forget your supporting documentation!
Your application must be accompanied by certain supporting documents eg certified copies of your passport and nursing registration. Please read the list of required documentation carefully, taking note of which items must be translated and which ones certified.

Tip: The NMC will not begin to process your registration until they have received all your documents. Please make sure you send everything first time around! TTM is here to help; send your pack to your TTM Consultant and they will review your entire pack and documentation to ensure you have included everything you need before you submit it to the NMC.

Supporting documents:

  • a certified copy of your passport or national ID
  • a certified copy of nursing degree/diploma (with an official translation)
  • original or certified copy of your police certificate (must be dated within 3 months of when the NMC receive this)
  • EU Reference form (part of your NMC pack. This must be completed by the Nursing Board in your country of training)

Translating Documents
Every document that must be certified also needs to be translated by an official translator and the original translation must be sent to the NMC. All certified documents must be the original copy – photocopies will NOT be accepted by the NMC. Certification requires an authority to sign the document, confirm the authenticity of the documents and that the said document represents a true copy.

Who can certify your documents?

  • a legal practitioner e.g. lawyer, solicitor
  • a notary public
  • the competent authority in your country of training
  • an official who is authorised to certify documents from an embassy or consulate
  • a police officer
  • a justice of peace
  • the office of mayor
  • a member of the UK or Scottish parliament or a member of the Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies

The authority, who certifies your documents must also include their full name, profession and stamp on the certified copy.

Tip: When you sign a document please ensure your signature is consistent with signatures on your identification documents. If the NMC notices any inconsistencies between your signatures, they will request a statement from you confirming all signatures, which MUST be verified by a witness. The witness’ details must be provided as well. The aforementioned statement must contain your full name, PRN, full address and all variations of signature that you use.

Transcripts of Training
Transcripts of training MUST include a detailed list of all theory and clinical subjects with the number of clock hours stated alongside each one. Please note, your university can provide a key for the conversion of credits into hours if this is not possible. This will help to process the application quickly.

Supporting Documents for Nursing or Midwifery Post Registration Experience
Applicants MUST declare full employment and registration history. You should also provide certificates and verifications to cover all dates of practice.

Non EU/EEA Nurses

Non EU/EEA applicants must submit registration certificate, declaration of good character or verification from every country/state they have been registered in or practised in. These MUST cover the entire duration of practice. You must also provide police clearance from every country/state you have practised or lived in since the age of 18.

EU/EAA Nurses

EU/EAA applicants must provide a declaration of good character or Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS) from every country/state they have been registered in or practised in. You must also provide police clearance from every country/state you have practised or lived in since the age of 18.

Registration Fee

When you send the application form and supporting documents to the NMC, you also must make a payment of £120. The NMC will not start processing your documents until they receive this payment.

We recommend that you make the payment on the same day that you send the documents. You can pay online here or over the phone on 0044 207 333 6600.

The Decision Queue

Once the NMC receive all your documents and the £120 fee, your application will go in the ‘Decision Queue’. Applications may remain in the decision queue for 8 – 12 weeks although sometimes they get processed sooner. If the NMC requires further documents, your application is taken out of the decision queue until they are received: this is why it is so important that you send everything together.

Tip: We recommend that you call the NMC on a weekly basis to get an update on the status of your application. It is in your best interests to do so: you cannot be paid as a nurse until your registration is complete.

Declaration Form

When a decision has been made by the NMC and you are accepted onto the register, they will send you a declaration form to sign and return along with a final payment of £100. Once you return your declaration form and final payment, your Pin number will be posted to you within 3 – 4 weeks.

Remember! All correspondence with the NMC is by post. If you move after you begin the registration process, including when you relocate to the UK, you must contact the NMC to confirm your new address. If you do not do so, the NMC will continue to send documents to your old address.

If you run into any difficulties during the registration process, give your TTM Consultant a call; they will be happy to help you in any way they can.

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