Professional Registration FAQs

If my direct debit with the NMC is taken does this mean I am registered?

  • Not necessarily, a notification of practice form needs to be submitted every three years.
  • If the form is not marked correctly, it will be rejected this will delay and possibly lapse your registration, which may affect your ability to work or practise.

What should a manager do if they learn that one of their clinical staff has allowed their professional registration to lapse?

  • For a number of clinical professions, registration is a legal requirement.
  • The matron / team leader should immediately inform the head of service and commission an investigation as to the circumstances for the failure to re-register.
  • The employee should be excluded until their registration is reinstated.
  • Depending on the outcome of the investigation, disciplinary action may follow which may result in dismissal.
  • A record of the lapse should be held on the staff member’s personal file.
  • If the individual is a member of agency staff, the matron/team leader will need to advise the agency of the lapse in registration and immediately inform the individual and their agency that the staff member will no longer be required to work for the Organisation.

What should an employee do if they realise that their professional registration has lapsed?

  • Inform their line manager immediately
  • Withdraw from clinical/professional practice with immediate effect
  • Re-register with the professional body
  • Provide proof of renewal to their line manager and to the HR Team

When is the latest I can send my fee for renewing my registration?

  • It is advisable to check with individual regulatory bodies of when payments are due but it would be best practice to renew in advance of the expiry date to allow for processing.
  • The NMC reccomends that you make the payment and send the notification to practice form (if required) no later than the 15th of the month.

Whose responsibility is it to ensure that professional registrations are up to date?

  • All employees who require professional registration to practice are responsible to ensure that registration with their professional body remains current at all times and that they abide by their professional code of conduct.