Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
The NMC regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands and keeps a register of all nurses and midwives in the UK.
It is illegal to work as a nurse or midwife without being on the NMC register.
The NMC safeguards the public by ensuring nurses and midwives consistently deliver high quality healthcare, setting standards for education and practice, and proving that they fulfil our requirements for keeping their skills and knowledge up to date.
The NMC aims to inspire confidence by ensuring that the nurses and midwives on their register are fit to practice and by dealing swiftly and fairly with those who are not.
Registering with the NMC – Trained in the EEA
If you received your initial nurse training in and you are a national of any of the EEA member states, you may be eligible to apply through the ‘EU route of registration’.
If you trained outside of the EEA but you are a national of an EEA member state, you may be eligible to apply through the EU route of registration. However, to do this you must have been registered and practising in an EEA member state for at least 3 years and be able to provide appropriate evidence.
The rules around this are particularly complex, and you should get in touch with either our NMC Administrator or the NMC directly before you apply to discuss your situation.
Registering with the NMC – Trained elsewhere in the world
To apply for registration with the NMC, you must first be registered in the country you trained in and have at least 12 months post registration experience.
All non-EEA applicants regardless of where they come from are required to meet the NMC standard for English, requiring an international English language test (IELTS) score of 7.0.
The NMC require that all applicants meet the same standard in a system that is equitable, fair and non-discriminatory.
Applicants from countries where English is the national language e.g. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA frequently question this requirement however the NMC have no plans at present to waive the IELTS requirements for any non-EU countries.
Further information about the IELTS requirements can be found HERE or www.ielts.org
More detailed information for non-EEA applicants wishing to join the register can be found HERE