Jobs and Hospitals/Clinics in United Kingdom

Nottingham University Hospital

Nottingham University Hospital

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is the UK’s fourth largest...

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Frimley Park Hospital

Frimley Park Hospital

We’re incredibly proud of our nursing team and the amazing job they do for...

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Wexham Park Hospital

Wexham Park Hospital

Wexham Park Hospital is a large NHS hospital which provides emergency, trauma...

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Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust providing...

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Walsall Manor Hospital

Walsall Manor Hospital

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides local general hospital and community...

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Walsall Manor Hospital

Medway Maritime Hospital

Medway NHS Foundation Trust is a public benefit corporation authorised under the National...

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Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Sherwood Forest Hospitals

We are a modern and friendly Trust which provides hospital services for 420,000...

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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has around 6,000 highly-trained, qualified doctors...

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Croydon Health Services

Croydon Health Services

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust is part of the National Health Service (NHS) and was formed...

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Health Education England

Health Education England

We recognise the importance of openness and transparency in all aspects of our business...

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East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Here at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range...

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Working in United Kingdom

Requirements for nurses wanting to work in the UK


Overseas nurses wanting to work in the UK need to register as a nurse with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council). Below are the requirements & steps you need to take:

TRAINING

Overseas nurses must be registered nurses in own country and have undertaken minimum of three years of nursing training.


EXPERIENCE

1 year’s minimum experience as registered nurse.


PAPERWORK

All paperwork needs to be complete:

  • Valid passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Qualification certificate(s)
  • Registration certificates from each jurisdiction where the applicant has practised and/or been registered
  • Two employment references confirming the applicant’s post-registration practice of at least 12 months, their competence and character
  • Verifications from all jurisdictions where the applicant practised or where the applicant has been previously registered
  • Transcript of training for all relevant nursing or midwifery programmes completed by the applicant. These must be calculated in hours or be accompanied by a letter from the training institution with a key to how the credits translate to hours
  • A good health declaration from the applicant’s general practitioner or the occupational health department at their place of work
  • A police clearance certificate from all countries where the applicant has lived since the age of 18

LANGUAGE

The NMC accepts two language tests as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in English: (OET). Test scores are valid for two years.

  • IELTS (International English Language Test System)
  • If you have completed an IELTS Academic examination you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms:

    • - At least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
    • - At least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
    • - At least 7.0 overall
    • - You can achieve the acquired marks across two sittings if the tests are taken within six months of each other, and all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and you achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together

  • OET (Occupational English Test)
  • If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms:

    • - At least a B grade in listening and reading
    • - At least a B grade in writing and speaking
    • - You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+ and you achieve Grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together

INITIAL ASSESSMENT

Applicants must complete an online self-assessment (https://ireg.nmc-uk.org/Login.aspx) of their eligibility to apply to work as a nurse in the UK.

  • CBT (Computer Based Test)
  • The CBT is the first part of the NMC Test of Competence. It is an online test of 120 multiple-choice questions and can be taken at a Pearson VUE (https://home.pearsonvue.com) test centre in most countries around the world. Questions will be on professional values, communication & interpersonal skills, nursing practice & decision making, and leadership management & team working.

    • - Applicants may sit the CBT twice as part of one application.
    • - If an applicant is unsuccessful at their first CBT they must wait a minimum of 28 working days before they can sit the test again.
    • - If an applicant is unsuccessful after their second CBT, their application will close. They will be required to wait six months before submitting a new eligibility application to take the test again.

  • SCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
  • The OSCE is the second part of the NMC Test of Competence and will take place in the UK at one of the approved test centres. Nurses and midwives will act out scenarios which they are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. Each separate clinical examination is known as a ‘station’ and candidates will visit all the stations within a set time.

    Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which all candidates are assessed. Candidates are assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes. Candidates are expected to demonstrate safe and effective practice.

    • - The average OSCE pass rate is 56%.
    • - Applicants may sit the OSCE up to three times as part of one application.
    • - If an applicant is unsuccessful at their first OSCE, they must wait a minimum of 10 working days before they can take the examination again.
    • - If an applicant is unsuccessful at their second OSCE, they must wait a minimum of three months from the date of their second attempt before they can take the OSCE for the third time.
    • - If the applicant is unsuccessful after their permitted attempts, their application will close. They will be required to submit a new application but will not be able to sit the OSCE again for a minimum of six months.
    • - You must complete the entire application process within two years of passing the CBT. If you are unable to do this, you will need to re-sit your CBT and begin a new NMC application.

Immigration requirements for non-EU/EEA nurses and midwives

All overseas trained nurses looking to visit the UK to take the OSCE must meet UK immigration requirements to make sure that there are appropriate provisions in place.


Already sponsored by a UK employer?

It is expected that the sponsorship will formally start from the date of the scheduled OSCE, with arrival permitted up to 14 days ahead of that date. The sponsor may choose to continue to offer sponsorship in cases where the individual needs to re-sit the OSCE.


Not yet sponsored by a UK employer?

For those without sponsorship who wish to travel to the UK to take the OSCE, a visitor visa provision is being put in place to allow nurses and midwives to enter the UK on a six-month visitor visa specifically to take the exam.


Healthperm Ltd works closely with each employer in the UK and with the individual nurses to ensure all the necessary UK visa requirements are met.

Frequently Asked Questions - Candidates from Philippines


In the UK, who will I be working for?

You will be working for a specific NHS trust or hospitals in the UK.


Do I need to pay agency placement fees or processing fees?

No, we don’t charge placement or processing fees for job placements in the UK.


What are the requirements for me to have a nursing career in the UK?

In order to work in the UK, you need to be UKVI Academic IELTS, CBT, NMC and OSCE qualified, as well as be a registered nurse.


Are there any costs associated with the UK’s registration process?

If you are not already UKVI Academic IELTS, CBT, NMC and OSCE qualified, you will have to pay to acquire these qualifications.


Is there any financial support from Healthperm to pay these costs?

  • WE PAY FOR YOUR UKVI Academic IELTS! There is no catch. Once you are successfully placed in a job through Healthperm, we will refund the cost of your UKVI Academic IELTS exam, whether you obtained it before or during your communications with Healthperm. This money is yours to keep.

  • WE FUND YOUR OSCE ASSESSMENT! Once you have passed your UKVI Academic IELTS and have a firm job offer, we will give you a loan to pay to take your OSCE. This will be paid back once you start earning a salary.

What kind of visa will I be issued if I’m successfully placed in the UK?

You will be issued a working visa for the UK


How long is the process from start to finish?

The process will take approximately 6 months, depending on how quickly you acquire the required qualifications.


Where will I live in the UK?

You will live in hospital accommodation for the first month and then our UK partner will help you find private accommodation.


If I am already in the UK, can I still look for a job through Healthperm?

Yes of course. We would be delighted to help you take the next step in your career progression. And since you are already in the UK, the recruitment process will be much simpler.


What is UKVI Academic IELTS?

UKVI Academic IELTS is the type of IELTS that is accepted by the NMC and UK Immigration Services. IETLS stands for International English Language Testing System which assesses the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. The UKVI Academic IELTS modules include: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. Doctors need a minimum academic band score of 7.5 in every module, and all other medical professionals need a minimum band score of 7 in every module.


What is CBT?

CBT is computer based training.


What is NMC?

The NMC stands for the ‘Nursing and Midwifery Council’, which regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands. The NMC sets standards for nurses and midwives to meet in their working lives.


What is OSCE?

Objective Structured Clinical Examination is a modern type of examination often used in health sciences (e.g.. Midwifery, orthoptics, optometry, medicine, naturopathic medicine, physician assistants/associates, physical therapy, radiography, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic medicine, paramedicine, podiatry, veterinary medicine).


Will Healthperm help me to acquire UKVI Academic IELTS, CBT, NMC and OSCE?

We have a number of affiliates who will help you register and pass your UKVI Academic IELTS, CBT, NMC and OSCE.


Frequently Asked Questions - Candidates from EU


In the UK, who will I be working for?

You will be working for a specific NHS trust or hospitals in the UK.


Do I need to pay agency placement fees or processing fees?

No, we don’t charge placement or processing fees for job placements in the UK.


What are the requirements for me to have a nursing career in the UK?

If you are an EU national who has been trained and registered in an EU or EEA member state, in most cases your qualifications will be recognized automatically. In order to be registered as a nurse in the UK, you also need to hold a certificate in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic with a score of at least 7 in all four components. You can also try applying if you hold a different language certificate at the same level of higher, but these will be considered by Nursing and Midwifery Council on case-by-case basis.

To see if you are eligible to have your degree recognized automatically, please consult the official list of qualifications provided by the NMC www.nmc.org.uk , p.22.


Are there any costs associated with the UK’s registration process?

If you don’t already hold an IELTS certificate, you will need to obtain it at your own cost. The NMC also requires you to pay a registration fee at the end of your application process with them.


Where will I live in the UK?

In some cases, you may be able to live on site at the hospital with costs covered for the first month. If none is available on site, we will assist you in finding alternative accommodation as close to the hospital as possible.


If I am already in the UK, can I still look for a job through Healthperm?

Yes of course. We would be delighted to help you take the next step in your career progression. And since you are already in the UK, the recruitment process will be much simpler.


What is Academic IELTS?

Academic IELTS is the type of IELTS that is accepted by the NMC and UK Immigration Services. IETLS stands for International English Language Testing System which assesses the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. The Academic IELTS modules include: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. Doctors need a minimum academic band score of 7.5 in every module, and all other medical professionals need a minimum band score of 7 in every module.


What is NMC?

The NMC stands for the ‘Nursing and Midwifery Council’, which regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands. The NMC sets standards for nurses and midwives to meet in their working lives.


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