Applicants can apply to be on the nurses or midwives parts of the register, as long as they meet our standards. If an applicant has trained as a general nurse, they should apply for registration with us as an adult nurse. If applicants want to register on more than one part of the register or field of practice, they should apply for each part/field at the same time.
Once registered, they can work in the National Health Service (NHS) or private health. To work as a nurse or midwife in the UK,applicants must meet immigration conditions.
Requirements for applying to join the register Language requirement Applicants must be able to show that they can communicate clearly and effectively in English.
Applicants may provide two IELTS test certificates to meet the above requirements, but must not have scored below 6.5 in any categories, in either of the test sittings. The two test sittings must be taken within six months of each other to be considered.There are no exceptions to this requirement, even if English is their first language. NMC will not accept IELTS test results that are more than two years old at the time the registration application is submitted.
The applicant must have practised as a registered nurse or midwife for at least 12 months (full time or the part-time equivalent) after qualifying. This post-registration experience must be relevant to the field of practice the applicant is applying for. Any practice that is not covered by registration cannot be considered for the requirement of 12-month post-registration experience. If the applicant is a midwife but has not practised midwifery in the five years prior to their application, they must do a return to midwifery practice course in their home country before they can apply to register with us.