COVID-19: thousands join NMC emergency register

More than 7,000 have been verified and admitted to the Nursing and Midwifery Council's COVID-19 temporary register help NHS tackle the epidemic

Picture shows an older woman talking to a nurse. More than 7,000 former nurses and midwives signed up for the COVID-19 emergency register within hours of it being opened by the NMC.
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Thousands of former nurses and midwives signed up for the COVID-19 emergency register within hours of it being opened by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) from late morning on Friday.

The regulator said on Friday that 7,510 former nurses and midwives had been verified and admitted to the  COVID-19 temporary register enabling them to practise throughout the period of the emergency. 

In a video released on Sunday evening, prime minister Boris Johnson said some 20,000 former NHS staff - including nurses and doctors - had returned to the service to help in the fight against the COVID19 outbreak.

Mr Johnson thanked those for returning to duty, as well as the 750,000 members of the public who have volunteered to aid the health service.

'Thank you to everybody who's now coming back into the NHS in such huge numbers,' he said.

'It's a most amazing thing.'

NMC chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe said on Friday the response from nurses and midwives to COVID-19 had been incredible but urged eligible registrants who had yet to sign up to do so. ‘To former nurses and midwives who left their professions within the last three years who haven’t already applied to join the NMC COVID-19 temporary register but would like to, it’s not too late. We need you,’ she said.

Details of the first former nurses and midwives to sign up will be shared with national health and social care organisations across the UK. These organisations will then connect registrants with employers who will provide them the appropriate training, support and equipment.

The NMC had announced on 25 March that it was calling on final-year nursing students and nurses who have left the profession in the past three years to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pay levels confirmed for COVID-19 nursing students in England

Pay levels for second- and third-year nursing students who agree to work in clinical placements during the COVID-19 emergency period have been confirmed by Health Education England (HEE).

Third-year students in the final six months of an undergraduate degree or postgraduate preregistration will be paid at band 4.

Second-year students in the first six months of their final-year undergraduate programme or postgraduate preregistration students not in the last six months of their programme will be paid at band 3.

Students will automatically be entered into clinical placements but can opt out if they wish.

Education must be completed after pandemic eases

Any student not wanting to take part in clinical practice or clinical placement will be supported by their university to complete their programme.

When the pandemic is considered to have eased, education and final assessments will still have to be completed.

Students will still be able to access funding in the form of student loans. 

If a student is a parent they will be provided with a letter certifying them as a key worker to show to their child's school.

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