Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register programme

In March 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) opened a temporary register, enabling people who had previous nursing registration to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In anticipation of the temporary register closing, Health Education England are committed to supporting anyone on the temporary register to join the permanent register, so that they may continue to support the health and care service in the medium to longer term.

The NMC set the standards for re-admission to the permanent register, including the need for 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD). This e-learning programme is primarily aimed at nurses on the NMC temporary register, who would like to join the permanent register. Nurses on the permanent register, needing to revalidate, may also find the e-learning useful.

About the e-learning

This public access e-learning programme has been curated from existing e-learning resources by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare and additional, external resources. e-Learning resources have been chosen by senior registered nurses for their relevance to returning nurses from all settings and services, to achieve 35 hours of learning.  

e-LfH resources include, but are not limited to:

  • wound care 
  • recognising and managing deterioration
  • end of life care

External resources include webinars by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). 

By undertaking this e-learning programme: 

  • learners are encouraged to select and complete the resources which are most relevant to their scope of practice 
  • each e-learning session can be completed in 20 to 40 minutes 
  • a certificate is available to download on completion each e-LfH e-learning session, accessed in the e-LfH hub 

Learners do not need to have an NHS email address to access this e-learning programme, and there is no requirement to complete all of the e-learning resources, once 35 hours of learning has been achieved. 

For further information on re-admission to the NMC register, visit Returning to the register – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

Exploring the open: the impact of open education on health professionals’ continual professional development

Tanya Andrewes, a postgraduate research student at Bournemouth University is exploring the experiences of Registered Nurses of using Open Education Resources (OERs) as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) towards revalidation with the NMC.

The online modules that you are undertaking here, to provide evidence of CPD for your revalidation are considered OERs.  Tanya would like to interview 20-30 nurses about their experiences of using the OERs as CPD.  Interviews will be scheduled from September 2021.

If you are interested in taking part, please read the information sheet here.

Meet the team

  • Danielle Fullwood

    Danielle Fullwood

    Senior Nurse, Professional Development, Health Education England
  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Programme Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Marnie Greenrod

    Marnie Greenrod

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Communications Officer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with e-LfH, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access e-LfH Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register programme, please contact e-LfH directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact e-LfH directly to express interest.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the e-LfH Hub.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies