Frequently asked questions

1.  Do I have to be a UK national to apply for these roles?

Yes. You must be free to remain and take up this role in the UK.

2.  Is there an upper age limit?


3.  Can I become a panel member if I have a full-time job?

Yes, though you will be required to commit to a minimum of 10 days per annum. 

4.  Can I apply for a registrant or lay panel member role if I am a no longer a practising nurse or midwife?


5.  What is the definition of lay?     

A person who is not and never has been a registered nurse or midwife and does not hold a qualification that would entitle them to apply for registration under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

6.  If I have been the subject of an NMC Fitness to Practise complaint am I eligible to apply?

You won't be eligible to apply if:

  • You are currently suspended from the register
  • You have been struck off the register 

7.  What is the yearly time commitment for those who are successful?

Panel Members will need to commit to a minimum of 10 days per annum.

8.  How much travel is involved?

Travel from your home to the hearing and training locations is required. While the majority of hearings are in London we are a four country regulator and you will be expected to travel to hearings across the UK.

9.  Is this a fixed term appointment?

The initial appointment will be for a period of 4 years. Panel members may serve for a maximum of 2 terms, subject to meeting the required standards of performance.

10. Is the role remunerated?

Panel Members are entitled to remuneration of £310 per day.

11. Do I need to use a computer?

Yes. We conduct as business as possible through electronic media. You should therefore expect, and be able, to receive information and training via the internet.

12. How much experience are you looking for?

We are seeking panel members who can demonstrate that they meet the essential competencies.

13. Do I require any experience of working in regulation?

You don't require prior experience of working in regulation but must be able to demonstrate that you meet the essential competencies.

14. Can I speak to anyone at the NMC before making a formal application?

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we anticipate receiving for these roles, we are unable to arrange meetings / telephone calls with individuals prior to them making an application. 

We will be holding a Twitter Chat in late May, details of which will be released soon. This will provide an opportunity for you to speak directly to us and find out more about the organisation and these roles. Information will be available via the website, if you would like us to keep you informed of when this will take place and how you can get involved, please register your interest via

15. If I am successful at interview what happens next? 

If you're successful at interview you will be invited to 2 days training, which form part of the selection process.

We'll pay for your travel and accommodation for this training but you won't be reimbursed for your attendance.

Following successful completion of training our Appointments Board will look at recommendations for appointment and Council will make final decisions on appointment at their meeting in September 2018.

16. Will I be reimbursed for travel costs incurred when attending the interview?

Unfortunately we are unable to pay expenses for travel to interview.

17. How do I apply?

To apply for the roles, click here and please ensure you read the how to apply instructions thoroughly.

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