In 2019/2020, 21,306 nurses and midwives left the NMC register. Fortunately, it has never been easier to return to nursing.


We understand that registered nurses may need to take some time away from practice during the course of their career. Fortunately, it has never been easier to return to nursing, with courses and training available to help with the transition and skill development. There are nearly 12,000 nurses on NMC temporary COVID-19 register, many of whom are now interested in returning to practice nursing. But how is it possible to return? The current NMC revalidation requirements are that revalidation must be completed every 3 years, with over 450 hours of practice in 3 years (or 900 if both nurse and midwife) or 750 hours in 5 years.

Please check the NMC website for the checklist of requirements to return to the register. Returning to the register – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

If you don’t meet readmission requirements you can return to the register in one of two ways:

NHSE/HEE are looking for nurses and midwives who have returned to work for the NHS within the last 6 years to take part in an insights study where they share their views and experiences of returning to practice. 

If you are aged between 30 – 50 years of age, have returned to nursing or midwifery after a break and working as a substantive, Bank or agency nurse or midwife, they would like to speak to you!

If you are invited to take part in the focus group work, the 90 minute sessions will take place over Zoom and you would receive a thank you gift of £60 for taking part.

The evaluation is being carried out by Solutions Research ( on behalf of the NHS Health Education England, within Market Research Society regulations. All comments from those interviewed will be treated anonymously and personal details stored in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

You can find more details about this by following the link below.  If you are interested in taking part you can either apply by following the link below by 1st April 2022:

Or you can contact Julia Banks directly at email: [email protected] or telephone: 0161 242 5215

Any queries please contact Darren Aldrich – Head of Communications, NHS Health Careers [email protected]

Find a an approved RTP programme

The whole programme can take 3 to 12 months to complete. The length of course and amount of practice learning required depends on length of time off the register. Your chosen university will be able to provide further information.

Lancaster and South Cumbria Universities offering the programme:

Please find the UCLAN Improving access to Return to Practice programmes letter here.

Funding Support

Currently HEE funds the following support routes to RTP for employers, learners and placement providers.

For university programme costs, HEE provides £1,000 towards tuition fees. 

For employer support costs, there is a standard placement fee of £500 to help support the leaner to achieve learning outcomes whilst in practice. 

There is an additional Enhanced Employer National Offer to support RTP learners returning from a mental health and cancer nursing background.

For learner support, a £500 stipend is offered and this is to support the learner with travel, accessing placement and for access to any learning resources.   

For more information regarding Test of Competence contact [email protected]



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