26 / 8 / 2015 2.26pm
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced strict new guidelines about lapsed registration for its members.
The regulatory body has announced that from November 2015;
- professionals who allow their registration to lapse will only be allowed back onto the register after a reapplication process
- the process could take between two and six weeks, creating problems for practising nurses and midwives who are legally required to be registered, and for their employers.
A nurse or midwife's registration lapses from midnight on its expiry date, if the NMC does not receive the documentation and fee in time to process the application for renewal. Previously, a window of grace enabled late applications for registration renewals to be processed without reprisal.
Employers are encouraged to communicate this change in regulations to the appropriate staffing groups.
Find out more
Read more about this announcement on the NMC website.
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