Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register - elearning 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 elearning 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 elearning useful.

About the elearning

This public access elearning programme has been curated from existing elearning resources by Health Education England elearning for healthcare and additional, external resources. elearning 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.  

elfh 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 elearning programme: 

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

Learners do not need to have an NHS email address to access this elearning programme, and there is no requirement to complete all of the elearning 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 (

Meet the team

  • Danielle Fullwood

    Danielle Fullwood

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

    Emma Nye

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Marnie Greenrod

    Marnie Greenrod

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Communications Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register programme, you will need an elfh 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 elfh, 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 elfh 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 elfh 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 elfh directly to express interest.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the elfh Hub.

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