NMC expands temporary register

15 January 2021

The NMC has announced further expansion of the Covid-19 temporary register to overseas-trained nurses (5 January 2021).

This is being done in order to support the health and care workforce response to the pandemic over the winter period.

In agreement with the Department of Health and Social Care and the four UK Chief Nursing Officers, the NMC were initially inviting ‘just over 2000 nurses who have trained overseas and are ready to take the final stage of their permanent registration application process, to join the temporary register.’

From last week, the NMC also went about contacting overseas-trained nurses whose applications to join the permanent register are in progress to determine whether they can be included.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, the NMC's chief executive and registrar, said: ‘As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, we can all see that health and social care services in England and across the UK are facing their toughest challenge yet.’
She continued: ‘The need for as many people as possible to provide skilled care and support in hospitals, nursing homes and in the community has never been greater to ensure the NHS and social care can continue to provide kind, safe and effective care.’

Find more about the joint statement by the NMC and the UK Chief Nursing Officers on the latest expansion plans here.