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|
|Nursing associate||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)* Or Nursing associate and nurse||900 practice hours required (to include 450 hours for nursing, 450 hours for midwifery, 450 hours for nursing associate)|
*Triple registration for nurse, midwife and nursing associate is also possible; this would require 1,350 practice hours in the preceding three years
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, midwife or nursing associate. 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.