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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

23rd September 2015

RMN practising without a valid PIN number

I know of an RMN who has practised on numerous occasions without a valid PIN number. What should I do?

Thank you for this question which is one of the most serious questions I have ever received.

It is a criminal offence to practice as a nurse without the appropriate qualifications and that would include being on the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This would include renewing registration as and when required.

Anyone employing a nurse should check the pin number given to them by the applicant. This is a fairly straightforward task and can be done through the NMC website.

These are the immediate ways you could report this:

  • Speak to the employer
  • Speak to the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Speak to the Police

If I can help in anyway please contact me again.

Best wishes.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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