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NMC lifts bar on overseas registration

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has resumed overseas registration after a two-month break to “review the processes” but has warned of application delays. 

Almost 1,000 nurses had their application put on hold during the review, which started on 1 February. 

The NMC claim the process is now “streamlined” and they have “eliminated duplication”. 

The nursing regulator has announced a wide-ranging policy review over the coming year which will lead to a “gold-standard” overseas registration. 

Oral and practical tests for some applicants have been proposed and reviews of EU and UK registrations will follow over the next two years. 

NMC Chief Executive Jackie Smith (pictured) said, “Our purpose is to protect the public. We are committed to review all our policies and procedures, with that aim.”