The Institute is supporting new flexibilities for Registered Nurse (RN) Degree Apprentices and Nursing Associate (NA) Apprentices that reflect the adjustments made by the Nursing and Midwifery Council with regard to professional registration in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

With immediate effect and during the Covid-19 crisis any RN and NA apprentices who have:

  • Completed a recognised apprenticeship programme leading to a nursing qualification
  • Been assessed as having permanently met the requirements for occupational competence and therefore Professional Registration with the NMC
  • Have passed through the apprenticeship gateway

Will be regarded to have met the End Point Assessment (EPA) requirements and have achieved their apprenticeship.

This change to the EPA process will only be applied to qualifying apprentices during the Covid-19 crisis.

The measure reflects the alignment of professional registration and EPA for the Registered Nurse and Nursing Associate apprenticeship programmes.