The NMC Register
All trained nurses, midwives and health visitors must be registered with the NMC in order to practice in the UK.
The register of nurses is at the centre of the role of the NMC in public protection. The register currently holds around one million names, with around 640,000 of those nurses holding current registration. The nurse's name is held on a computer database with the nurses personal details, educational qualifications and registration status. Personal details are never released by the NMC.
The NMC provide a free service for employers to check the registration status of nurses, midwives and health visitors whom they wish to employ.
Registration must be renewed every three years and the fee is currently £60. Subsequent entries of registered qualifications cost £23. Registration for UK trained practitioners normally takes between 10 days and three weeks.
In order to maintain registration, all nurses, midwives and health visitors must comply with PREP (Post Registration Education and Practice) requirements, set out by the NMC. Click here for further details on PREP.
Parts of the NMC Register
There are currently 15 Parts to the Register:
Part 1 - First level nurses trained in general nursing (RGN)