The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They set standards for nurses and midwives to meet in their working lives. Nurses and midwives must follow the NMC code of conduct, which states how they must work and behave. You can read more on the Code here.
To protect the public, the NMC set standards for education. This ensures nurses and midwives have the right skills and qualities when they start work. They keep a register of all nurses and midwives who have met these standards and have been accepted on to the register.
The NMC register has three parts:
Specialist community public health nurses
Nurses are then split into four sub-sectors:
Mental health nursing
Learning disabilities nursing
You can apply to be on one or more of the above parts of the NMC register as long as you meet the standards. If you are a nurse, it is likely that you have trained as a nurse responsible for general care. As a result, you should apply for first level registration in the field of adult nursing. Once registered with the NMC, you can work in the National Health Service (NHS) or private healthcare sector.
There is a charge of a £110 application assessment fee if you submit your application pack to the NMC. This is a fixed fee and has been calculated to cover the administration costs of the application process.
Payment is required upon submission of your completed application pack. The NMC will not be able to assess your application without the application assessment fee. Information about how to pay is included in the pack. If your application is accepted they will also require a £120 registration fee (annually).
Applicants must complete an online self-assessment of their eligibility to apply before beginning the application process.
The fees for the different stages of the application process can be seen below:
Application for nursing/midwifery £140
Part 1 test of competence (CBT) £130
Part 2 test of competence (OSCE) £992
Admission onto the register £153
For more information about what the test of competence involves, please click here.
The above information has been sourced from the NMC website. For more information click here.
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