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The membership payment plan for existing nurse members who are currently not working, or taking a break from nursing.

Eligibility criteria required and exclusions

Nurse members are on the register of persons engaged in nursing, and whose names have not been removed from that register for reason of misconduct, so: anyone with a nursing, midwifery or health visitor qualification registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The registration may be live or lapsed. The key is that they are 'on' the register and either:


Please note:

Nurse members are entitled to take one voluntary break from their full payment plan for a maximum of 12 months in every three years.

A member must serve two years in a Full payment plan before being eligible for a period of Voluntary Break.

Following the end of a period of a voluntary break, there is no return to a voluntary break payment plan for a minimum of 24 months.

Transfer back to the full payment plan will be automatic after a maximum of 12 months on this plan. 

Period of availability

The period of availability is for 12 months. Transfer to the nurse full payment plan will be automatic after 12 months on this payment plan.

Membership subscription

Annual rate: £98.43 (£78.74 after tax relief*)
Monthly rate: £8.20 (£6.56 after tax relief*)

* tax relief may vary depending on the tax situation of each member.

Members can save money on their membership by claiming tax relief. Find out how here.

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Members on the nurse voluntary break and nurse retired payment plans are not eligible for either indemnity cover or employment support but may receive telephone advice from RCN Direct.

There are standard conditions and limitations to indemnity cover which are detailed on the RCN website.