The requirements

You must have practised for a minimum number of hours over the three year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register.

Registration Minimum Total Practice Hours Required
Nurse 450 practice hours required
Midwife 450 practice hours required
Nurse and SCPHN 450 practice hours required
Midwife and SCPHN 450 practice hours required
Nurse and midwife (including Nurse/SCPHN and Midwife/SCPHN) 900 practice hours required (to include 450 hours for nursing, 450 hours for midwifery)


If you have practised for fewer than the required number of hours in the three year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register, then you must successfully complete an appropriate return to practice programme approved by the NMC before the date of your application for renewal of registration.

Whilst 450 hours might sound like a lot, it’s important to remember this is over a three year period.

You should make sure that your practice hours reflect your current scope of practice, but they do not have to be related to your original field of practice when you first joined the register.

The hours that count towards this requirement are those in which you rely on your skills, knowledge and experience as a registered nurse or midwife. This may include providing direct care to patients but can also include managing teams, teaching others and helping to shape or run a care service.

We recommend that you use our template to help you record your practice hours. This will make it easier to demonstrate to your confirmer how you have met the requirement.

We have provided some examples of completed forms and templates that you might find helpful.

There is also a guidance sheet for nurses and midwives with more than one registration, including dual registrants.