Following recent updates from the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council), you now have the option to complete a test of competence if you wish to return back to practice.
NOTICE: Following the latest advice from the UK Government, all OSCE tests have been suspended until further notice. If you have been off the NMC register for less than 5 years, you may be able to join the COVID-19 temporary register here, to return to practice in support of the COVID-19 emergency.
About the Test of Competence
The ToC (Test of Competence) is designed to test your knowledge and understanding across all relevant areas of Nursing. If you are re-admitting as a Nurse, you can take the ToC that is relevant to your field of work, regardless of your initial registration. It is made up of two parts, or modules:
A multiple choice computer based theoretical test known as the CBT
A practical test known as the OSCE
Read more about this from the NMC information booklet by downloading this PDF document:
Return to Work Practice Standards
As a Nurse, you must undertake a minimum number of practice hours to remain on, or rejoin the NMC register. The NMC Return to work practice standards document sets out the requirements to this.
If you're thinking of returning to practice, read the NMC guidelines here.