Employers can now nominate international recruits to join the temporary register.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) temporary register has reopened to internally trained nurses.
The NMC has reopened its Covid-19 temporary register to people in the UK who have trained internationally as nurses.
Employers can now nominate international recruits who have started their NMC pathway but have not yet joined the permanent register.
This is providing that they are already on a pathway to their ‘OSCE’ exam and full NMC registration.
Those who choose to join will have conditions of practice, meaning they must; work as a registered nurse in an employed capacity for a health or social care employer and always work under the direction of an NMC registered nurse or midwife or other registered healthcare professional who is not on a temporary register.
Services are under severe pressure.
Employer nomination and assurance is currently the only route to temporary registration – people cannot apply directly to the NMC.
Figures suggest there are around 40,000 unfilled registered nursing vacancies across the NHS in England.
Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “Nursing and midwifery professionals continue to do amazing things to care for people during the pandemic.
“But we know Omicron is putting people and services under increasingly severe pressure.
“Reopening the temporary register to internationally trained nurses is an immediate step we can take to help.
“We’ve made this decision carefully. We feel we’ve taken a measured approach that enables a rapid workforce expansion, and the right assurance that people are suitable to practise during this emergency to protect the public.”