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Volume 450: debated on Thursday 26 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how long midwives may be absent from the profession before they need to be retrained in order to practise again. (92890)

Midwives wishing to renew their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council must meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Education, Registration and Registration Appeals) Rules Order of Council 2004. A copy of the order is available in the Library.

The detailed requirements are set out in the PREP Handbook (2004) setting out the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s post-registration education and practice standards.

From August 2006, the PREP standard requires registrants to have practised for 450 hours in the three years prior to their registration expiring. If a midwife fails to meet this standard they will need to successfully complete a return to practice programme before being considered for re-entry to the register.