The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced that temporary emergency registers for healthcare professionals will remain open over for a further two years.
This applies to the emergency registers of four health professional regulators:
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- General Medical Council (GMC)
- General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
The registers were originally introduced as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and had been scheduled to close on 30 September 2022, but this time has now been extended.
It means that professionals currently on a temporary register can continue to practise in the NHS beyond 30 September 2022, but they are also encouraged to apply to join the relevant permanent registers.
You can see a statement and further information about the decision on the government’s website.