OHNs urged to check register transfer

 Occupational health nurses are being warned to check they have been successfully transferred on to the third part of the new Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) professional register, after about 190 found out the supposedly automatic transfer had not taken place.

The NMC opened the third part of the register last August, and entry, by post-registration qualification, is open to all health visitors, OH nurses, school nurses and family health nurses (a Scotland-specific role).

The transfer, or migration, of OH nurses should have taken place earlier this year, and all those migrated should have received a letter of notification from the NMC.

But, according to the NMC, this process did not take place in around 190 cases.

Some nurses also reported initially receiving conflicting advice from the NMC as to what was happening, where the problem was and what to do next.

However, the NMC is stressing that the issue is now being dealt with at a very senior level and is expected to be resolved shortly.

Any OH nurses worried about their status on the register are being advised to get in touch with NMC professional adviser Liz Plastow on 020 7333 6517 or liz.plastow@nmc-uk.org

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