New NMC registration process for Overseas Nurses and Midwives
The procedure of getting a job in the NHS has undergone a major transformation resulting in a new registration process by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This is due to NHS major transformation in the system of getting employment.
From October 2014, the new NMC registration process of nurses and midwives who trained outside the European Economic Area (EEA) have to undergo the new assessments of eligibility in order to be registered with the NMC.
The new system will apply to any applications from overseas nurses and midwives submitted after October 1st 2014 and will consist of six main steps.
First Step –Eligibility & declaration
In order to meet the basic minimum requirements for working in the NHS, applicants will need to:
Complete a form online to show that they meet the basic minimum requirements.
English language competence.
Successful three-year undergraduate education and training programme or equivalent.
12 months post-registration practice experience.Self-declaration of good health and character.
Second Step – Competence Test
As soon as suitability is confirmed, nurses will sit a computer based competence test .The computer-based examination can be taken in the applicant's home country at an evaluation centre- Pearson Vue Test Centre.
Data gathered from this test indicates the competencies which will later be assessed in the examinations. Applicants can re-apply to take the test again if they fail and a period of at least six months is needed if failed for the second time.
Third Step- full application
In order to support the applicant’s previous declaration these following documents should be uploaded online:
Proof of qualifications
Proof of nursing registration.
Minimum of two employment references.NB Assessment fee to be paid at this point.
Fourth Step- Training and Experience Assessment
The NMC examines the uploaded documents to ascertain their validity and ensuring that all essential requirements are met. In the event that the supplied documents are unsatisfactory or improper, applicants will be contacted within six months to provide necessary documents.
List of Documents:
- Birth certificate
- Valid passport
- Registration certificates from the country of training and every jurisdiction where the applicant has practised and/or been registered
- Qualification certificates for each qualification being submitted
- Two employment references
- Verifications from relevant regulators confirming there have been no fitness to practise issues with the practitioner in question
- Transcript of training for relevant nursing or midwifery programmes
- Good health declaration from the applicant's doctor occupational health department
- Police clearance certificates
- English translations of the above documents where necessary.
Fifth Step – Objective Structured Clinical Observation (OSCE) - done in the UK.
The OSCE will test all candidates with a choice of clinical sceneries that are expected to be encountered by a nurse or midwife. Individual scenario will test different skills, knowledge and behaviours, designed by clinical and education professionals.
An authorised university in the UK will deliver the examination and this should be completed in one day. Candidates will have access to outline videos of OSECs, facts on behaviours which show active listening and caring, as well as information on how candidates will be observed and assessed by the examiners.
Sixth Step- Admission
After all the steps are complete, the applicants will complete the final declaration and make a payment for the registration fee, permitting them to be registered with NMC.
There are different fees for different stages of the application process:
- Application for nursing/midwifery £140
- Part 1 test of competence (CBT) £130
- Part 2 test of competence (OSCE) £992
- Admission onto our register £153
- The total cost for the process amounts to around £1,415.
NB. Potential candidates should spend time examining the requirements in order to be fully prepared.
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