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steps to becoming a registered nurses in the uk

As a registered nurse with a nursing qualification recognised by the NMC you can be given a visa to live and work in the UK.

Not all employers have a licence to sponsor overseas nurses. However many public hospitals, some private hospitals and lots of nursing homes do.

Registering in the UK is a long process. This information is a brief guide so you understand what is needed.

 Passing you Academic ILETS

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an internationally recognised English exam, which tests your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

It is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC is the regulator for all nurses and midwives in the UK. All nurses and midwives who want to work in the UK must register with the NMC, who will give you a PIN number. Nurses from outside the UK will not get a PIN number unless they have an Academic IELTS level  7.0  in all four areas (listening, speaking, writing, reading) as well as a 7.0 overall.

Without a PIN number you cannot work as a nurse or a midwife in the UK.

The IELTS test is available in 140 countries at over 1,000 test centres. A full list of test centres is available on the IELTS website: http://www.IELTS.org/

NMC Application

When you have passed the academic ILETS (which is a hard exam) you can then begin the NMC application process.  Please read the NMC booklet on this: http://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/registration/registering-as-a-nurse-or-midwife-from-outside-eu-or-eea.pdf

First, you must complete an online self-assessment of your eligibility. If you pass this assessment, you can then begin the application process. In order to begin the application process you must pay a fee which is currently £140.

You will then have to sit the first part of the test of competence. This will be a computer-based test of theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format will be multiple choice and can be taken in test centres around the world. Once you have successfully completed the test, the results will be passed to the NMC and your application will be progressed to the next stage. There will be a charge for this test of £130.

For the next part of your registration, you will need to provide the NMC with various documents such as your passport, birth certificate, nursing qualification certificate, registration certificate, employment references and a police clearance certificate. If your documents are not written in English, they will need to be translated by an official translator. For full details of the evidence required and information on translation requirements please see:  

After this you will have to sit the second part of the test is an O.S.C.E. in the U.K. If you are entering the UK on a Tier 2 visa this test will in most cases happen after you have received a job offer and sponsorship.

You have 3 months for preparing for this test once you enter the UK on Tier 2 Visa.

This test will assess your clinical knowledge.  It is called an OSCE -The test simulates a clinical environment and patient scenarios which registered nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. This is a process that all nurses that study in the UK go through before they graduate.

OSCEs take place at Northampton University, Oxford Brookes University and Ulster Universities at this present time. Candidates are assessed by a panel of examiners and are filmed for quality assurance purposes. Candidates are expected to demonstrate competence through safe and effective practice. There will be a charge for this test of £992.

After completing part two of the test of competence you will have a face to face ID check. Each nurse will be required to bring all the original documents that you have previously uploaded as supporting evidence for your application. The ID check will normally take place at the same place and time as your OSCE. If this is not possible, a separate appointment can be made at the NMCs offices in London.

Once you have successfully completed part two of the test of competence and had the ID check each nurse will have to complete a final declaration and pay for NMC registration online. Once both have been received, you will be sent your PIN number. Remember you can only work as a nurse or midwife in the UK once you have received your PIN number. This final charge and admission onto the NMC register £153.

So the total is total £1,415 – however, a lot of employers will pay £992 and the £153 for the final NMC registration. – You can also expect employers to pay for flights and provide the first month’s accommodation.

This is only a brief overview of a detailed process. We have to be honest with you! If you are still interested let us know!

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