Recruitment of Lay and Registrant Members

Application process

We regret that late applications will not be accepted.

Please ensure that you have read this information before applying. It contains important information about the process.

How to Apply

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) is committed to the principles and practice of diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, as well as individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Summary Timetable

The milestones described above are summarised in the table below:

Campaign Milestone


Closing date for Applications
Friday 9th April, 12 noon

Situational Judgement Test Submission Deadline

Wednesday 21st April, 12 noon

Notification of Application Outcome

Monday 17th May

Monday 24th May to Friday 11th June
Outcome of interview
From 24th June

Confirmation of Appointment by Council

July 2021

More detail about each stage is provided below

Registering and Creating an Account 

If you are not already registered with GatenbySanderson, you will need to create an account at by clicking the ‘Register’ button on the right. Complete the details on the registration form and choose a password. Please note that your username is the email address you have provided. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using your email address and the password you have created.

We'll communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We'll send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. Occasionally, these messages can go into your spam folder, so please check this regularly. This is to protect your privacy.

When you have satisfied yourself that you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements, click on the red ‘Apply Now’ button.

Please take care to apply for the right role – either Registrant or Lay.

If you have any other query which is not answered by the website, please email and we will respond to you shortly.

1. Realistic Role Preview (RRP)

Before applying you are strongly encouraged to complete the realistic role preview which is available on the RRP tab, to give you greater insight into the role and how well your preferred approach aligns with the role requirements.

This preview takes the form of scenarios you may face as panel member; you will be asked to choose the response you are most likely to take. You will receive feedback on each individual response after completing all the scenarios, along with an overview of how well your responses fit with the way you would be expected to work as an NMC panel member.

The  realistic role preview is completely unscored; you will not be required to input your name and the responses will not be saved.  It is there as a useful tool to help you understand more about the role and whether to apply.

2. Eligibility Questions

You will be asked a series of eligibility questions, most of which require ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

3. Competency Based Questions

You will be asked 5 questions which are designed to assess your experience against the five key criteria for the role, which are:

  • Integrity & Professionalism
  • Professional Communicator
  • Analytical Skills and Decision-Making
  • Resilient
  • Working with and Valuing Others

To complete these questions, you will need to download the Application Form, complete this offline and then upload it to the site. You will also need to ensure you have downloaded and read through the Behavioural and Competency Framework before you start you application.

When answering these questions, you should take into consideration the role of the Panel Member and ensure that your examples demonstrate relevance and transferability to the role of a Panel Member at the NMC.

Each question asks for a specific example, but also for evidence of how you demonstrated one or more of NMC’s Values in your approach to the situation.  Refer to the Values document for more information on how the NMC defines its Values.  Ensure your response both responds to the question and highlights how you demonstrated the Values specified.

Please write no more than 350 words per answer, using font size 11. If you exceed the word count, only the first 350 words will be assessed as part of your application. 

The final stage of the online application will ask you to complete some additional sections, including providing two referees (references will be taken before the final interview, so please ensure referees are aware that they will be contacted), and details of other commitments and Conflicts of Interest. Once complete, you will be asked to make a final submission of your application. Once submitted, you cannot retrieve your application to make any further amends so ensure you are happy that it is fully complete. Please also allow yourself sufficient time to complete the process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with online recruitment processes. We would also strongly recommend that you submit your application well in advance of the deadline, to allow sufficient time to deal with any issues you may encounter which require support from the GatenbySanderson team.

The application process is as outlined above and you must complete all stages for your application to be accepted and considered. You are not required to provide a copy of your CV and any CVs received will not be assessed as part of the application process.  

We regret that late applications will not be accepted. 

Your online application must be made by no later than 12.00 noon on Friday 9th April.

 4. Situational Judgement Test

Once the closing date has passed, you will receive an email from GatenbySanderson on Monday 12th April, providing you with a unique link to a situational judgement test (SJT).

In this this test you will be presented with a number of situations that a Panel Member at the NMC may experience, similar to those in the realistic role preview.  There is no time limit for the questions.   For each situation you will be presented with four options, detailing actions that you might take to respond to the situation. You will be asked which of the four options you would be MOST likely to take, and which option you would be LEAST likely to take.

For all of the situations you will be asked to imagine that you are a Panel Member at the NMC.

You are required to complete the SJT by 12 noon on Wednesday 21st April. Please allow time to complete this as part of your application, candidates who do not complete the SJT by the given deadline cannot be progressed, no exceptions can be made.

You will also be required to complete an Equal Opportunities form at this stage.

If the number of applications are exceptionally high, additional online assessments may be introduced at this stage.

5. Interview

The highest scoring applicants from the SJT and competency based question stages will progress to interview. The final stage of the process is a competency-based interview with GatenbySanderson and the NMC. This 1 hour interview will be held virtually online. Interviews will take place between Monday 24th May and Friday 11th June. Where indicated on the website, please indicate any dates during this period when you are not available.

Following the completion of interviews, successful candidates will be notified from 24th June, with a recommendation to Council for appointment in July 2021, with induction training to follow later in the year.

How We Will Handle Your Application

We will deal with your application as quickly as possible (timings above are indicative).

Once you have submitted your application through the website, its receipt will be acknowledged. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement. If you do not receive this, after checking your spam, please contact please contact GatenbySanderson at BEFORE the deadline for applications. If you contact us after the deadline, we will not be able to accept your application.   

Once all applications and SJTs are complete, we will commence the assessment process. We will begin by scoring the SJT, and progressing only the highest scoring applicants to the assessment of online competency-based questions. This will mean that candidates who do not pass the SJT assessment will not have their competency responses graded. Due to the anticipated volume of applications we regret that we are unable to offer individual feedback.

The assessment of the competency responses in your application will be evidence led. Your application will be assessed and scored only on the basis of the responses given against the competencies for the appointment. It is important that you respond to the competency and values based questions in as much detail as possible within the word limit constraints. Your response to each section should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet each criterion (including what you did to achieve a specific result). Each criterion will be marked out of five, leading to an overall maximum score of 25.

In selecting the best people for interview, the panel will ensure that all the applicants demonstrate any essential requirements in the competencies and experience for the post. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by e-mail.

GatenbySanderson and the NMC will conduct interviews between 24th May and 11th June; you will be contacted directly by a member of the GatenbySanderson team to arrange this interview. The interview will assess your fit against the required competencies and values. The interviews will take virtually online.

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities.  If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know.

References for candidates invited to interview will be taken from 17th May– please ensure that your referees are aware that they will be contacted during this time.

In addition, we will also undertake checks related to any information about you which could bring into question your eligibility or ability to perform the role or which might represent a reputational risk to the NMC. For registrant candidates, this will include a review of your fitness to practise standing. Where checks reveal information that might affect your ability for appointment candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss the information before a course of action is decided upon.

A final meeting to approve all appointments will take place on 23rd June 2021. We will notify via telephone you as soon as the outcome is confirmed. If you are unsuccessful following an interview, a conversation to provide detailed feedback can be arranged.

Appointment of candidates will be approved by Council if recommended by the Independent Members of the Appointments Board who advise the Council on the appointment of panel members to the Practice Committees. The remit of the Appointments Board is to assist the Council in connection with the exercise of any function or process relating to the appointment of Panel Members to the Practice Committees (the Investigating Committee and the Fitness to Practise Committee).

Travel expenses 

It is not expected that any expense claims will be applicable as all assessments will take place online or via virtual conferencing facilities.

Monitoring Information

The NMC values equality and diversity and is committed to ensuring its processes and procedures are fair, transparent and free from unlawful discrimination.

We are fully committed to making the appointment process accessible at all stages for any applicants with a disability. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements.

To ensure we are treating candidates fairly, we monitor diversity at all stages of the appointments process. The application process includes an online equal opportunities monitoring form. Providing this information is optional and each question may be answered on an individual basis, but we would be grateful for your cooperation.

Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only. It will not be seen by anyone directly involved in the selection process and will not be treated as part of your application. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individuals to be identified.

Dealing with your concerns

The NMC is committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. Complaints about any aspect of the appointments process for the Council member role will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. If you have a complaint, please contact in the first instance.

Written complaints will be acknowledged within 5 days and will state the time frame within which a response can be expected. Complaints should be made within three months of the closing date for applications.

For reference, GatenbySanderson’s complaints policy is available here.

If you wish to refer your complaint directly to the NMC, please contact We will acknowledge your complaint and answer any concerns as quickly as we can, and within 10 working days, wherever possible. We will let you know if it will take longer.