Survey about your registration

We’re running a short survey to understand more about whether you’re using your temporary emergency registration, or if you’re considering using it in the future.

The survey will be open for three weeks until 13 November 2020 and should take less than five minutes to fill in.

About the survey

What does the survey ask?

The survey asks if you:

  • use or intend to use your temporary emergency registration to support the response to the pandemic
  • are likely to apply for full registration or to restore your licence to practise on a more permanent basis
  • would like us to remove your temporary emergency registration

If you haven’t made up your mind about what you’d like to do, you can tell us that too.   

Removing your temporary emergency registration might mean:

  • removing your licence to practise, if you held registration with us prior to the emergency
  • removing both your licence to practise and your registration, if you weren’t registered with us before the emergency

We will revert your status to whatever it was before we granted you this temporary emergency registration.

We also ask if you have previous experience of working in undergraduate medical education. This is to gauge whether doctors may be interested in returning to this type of role, given the increasing number of students entering medical school.

How will you use my answers?

We’ll use them to consider how we can continue to support the profession and patient care during this uncertain time and into the future.

If you tell us that you want us to remove your temporary emergency registration, we’ll start this process and write to you to confirm the next steps.

If you’d like to move to routine full registration, we’ll let you know how to do this and what you need to do next.

If you’re considering supporting the pandemic response, but haven’t made a final decision, we won’t remove your temporary emergency registration at this stage.

Why does the survey ask me to provide my date of birth and other personal information?

We ask you to provide some personal information including your name, GMC reference number and date of birth so we can validate your responses, by matching them to the details we hold for you.

Will you share my answers or personal data outside of the GMC?

No. We won’t share your individual answers or contact details outside of the GMC.

We may share some high-level trends and aggregated data with organisations who are working to support the response to the pandemic, but this wouldn’t include any identifiable information.

If you tell us that you no longer want to hold temporary emergency registration, we will revert your registration status to what it was before the emergency, and update the health services as part of our usual processes.

Do I have to complete this survey?

No. Responding to the survey is completely optional.

What happens if I don’t respond to the survey?

If you want us to remove your temporary emergency registration you don’t have to fill the survey in. We’ll contact you again to let you know what will happen next.

About temporary emergency registration

I didn’t know I had temporary emergency registration. When did you contact me about this?

As part of the immediate response to the pandemic, the UK government activated our emergency powers under Section 18a of the Medical Act (1983) and asked us to give temporary emergency registration or a licence to practise to suitable people. We wrote to you in March to confirm that you were one of 30,000 doctors that we gave temporary emergency registration to. We also offered you the opportunity to opt out.

I want you to remove my temporary emergency registration. What happens next?

If you tell us that you want us to remove your temporary emergency registration, we’ll write to you to explain the next steps and your options.

What type of work can I do with temporary emergency registration?

You should only use this registration to support the response to the pandemic. You can carry out activities including:

  • treating coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, including NHS patients treated in independent sector organisations
  • backfilling in routine NHS clinical, or commissioned, services for colleagues who have been moved to treat coronavirus patients
  • working in routine NHS clinical, or commissioned, services to clear backlogs created by the pandemic 
  • working in other roles linked to the pandemic including track and trace, NHS111 services or vaccine development. 

If you want return to work in areas that aren’t related to the pandemic, including private practice or training roles, you should apply for routine full registration or licence restoration.

What if I change my mind about my temporary emergency registration?

It is your choice whether you continue to hold temporary emergency registration to support the response to the pandemic. You can change your mind at any time by emailing us at response@gmc-uk.org or by calling us at 0161 923 6602.

If you start the process to have your temporary emergency registration removed, but later decide to return to practice to support the response to the pandemic, we can quickly and easily restore it for you.

Do I have to pay to retain or reinstate temporary emergency registration?

No. You don’t have to pay for this type of registration.  

Do I have to give you a reason for what I decide to do with my registration?

No. If you want us to remove your temporary emergency registration, you don’t need to tell us why. If you want to retain it, it should only be used to support the response to the pandemic.

I want to return to work to help with the response to the pandemic. Who should I contact?

As the UK regulator of doctors, we’re responsible for your registration. We don’t have a role in deployment. If you’re interested in returning to work to support the response to the pandemic you should contact the health service in the country you live in. You must have temporary emergency registration to practise.

I’ve already volunteered to return to work to help with response to the pandemic, but I’ve not heard anything further. Who should I contact?

As the UK regulator of doctors, we’re responsible for your registration. We don’t have a role in deployment. Please contact the health service in the country you live in, for an update on any previous enquiry.