Frequently Asked Questions
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WORKING IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Re: Registration as a Nurse in the United Kingdom
To work in the United Kingdom a nurse must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London. Their contact details are as follows: –
Nursing & Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
Tel: 020 7333 6600
For more information in relation to “Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK for applicants trained outside the EU or EEA” or “Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK for applicants trained inside the EU or EEA” follow the web links
NURSE / MIDWIFE EDUCATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Pre-registration nurse education programmes are currently commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH) and are provided by three Universities.
Queens University Belfast offer pre-registration programmes across the four fields of Nursing: Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Children’s
Ulster University offer pre-registration progammes in Adult and Mental Health Nursing
The Open University in Belfast, Northern Ireland provides programmes across the four fields of Nursing: Adult, Mental Health Learning Disabilities and Children’s in partnership with the Health and Social Care Trusts. Applicants for these programmes must be employees of the partner HSC Trust.
Queen’s University Belfast also offers a pre-registration Masters in Professional Nursing, currently in Adult Nursing and Children’s and Young People’s Nursing; plans are in place to extend this to Learning Disabilities Nursing and Mental Health Nursing in the near future. Applicants from these programmes are graduates, mainly of other subjects.
Contact details for the three Universities are given below.
MIDWIFERY EDUCATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Pre-registration Midwifery programmes are currently commissioned by the DoH and provided by Queen’s University, Belfast these include a three year direct entry pre-registration programmes and an eighteen month programmes for nurses registered on Part 1 (Adult) of the NMC Register
For further information please write to:-
Professor D Fitzsimons
Head of School
School of Nursing and Midwifery
The Queen’s University of Belfast
Medical Biology Centre
97 Lisburn Road
Tel: +44 (0)28 90972233
Professor S McIlfatrick
Head of School of Nursing
School of Health Sciences
The University of Ulster
Tel: +44 (0)28 700 400 700
The Open University in Belfast Northern Ireland
110 Victoria Street
Tel: +44 (0)28 9024 5025
RETURN TO PRACTICE
For Information about returning to nursing or midwifery practice follow this weblink
TRANSCRIPTS OF NURSE OR MIDWIFE TRAINING AND DUPLICATE CERTIFICATES OF TRAINING
The Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) was established in 2002 via the Health and Social Care Act. Prior to this date a body: the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Northern Ireland (NBNI), had responsibility for processing all information relating to students commencing and completing training. This involved issuing of Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) at the start of a student’s training, organisation of final nursing examinations, and issuing of completion of training certificates.
In addition, on completion of training, all documentation at that time was sent to the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing and Midwifery (UKCC), 23 Portland Place, London to finish the final registration process. No transcripts of training were kept by the NBNI, copies of these were kept at local Colleges of Nursing, for example the Belfast Northern College of Nursing.
In 1995 the Colleges of Nursing became responsible for conducting final nursing examinations, and in 1997 they amalgamated with the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) and the University of Ulster. The local training colleges ceased to exist over time and responsibility for curation of training records was taken over by the universities. These records would have been subject to the usual regulations relating to storage and destruction of organisational documents and kept for a limited period before disposal. The NBNI was stood down in 2002.
NIPEC does not hold any documentation relating to syllabuses, transcripts of training or duplicate certificates.
It may be helpful to contact:
Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place