What do I need to become a Registered Nurse in the United Kingdom?

By on July 31st, 2021

The healthcare sector in the UK is very progressive and offers tons of employment opportunities, especially for people looking to pursue a nursing career in the UK. You will be amazed to know there are thousands of nurses hired every year. That being said, employers in the healthcare industry in the UK look for candidates who can stay calm in high-pressure situations, are empathetic and have good communication skills. However, to become a registered nurse in the UK, you will have to follow a few steps and pass a couple of tests. Continue reading to know what steps you need to follow to find a nursing job in the UK and become a registered nurse in the UK.

  1. Have a Nursing Degree: You will have to have a nursing degree or diploma with at least a year’s working experience as a nurse.
  2. English Language Certification: If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will have to provide the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) with the IELTS or OET certification. This test is to check if you can speak, read and write well in English. Your nursing job in the UK will require you to communicate with the patients in English and understand their concerns. By taking either the IELTS or OET, the NMC can check your proficiency in English. You will need to clear IELTS with 6.5 in writing and 7 in listening, reading and speaking or OET with C+ in writing and B in listening, reading and speaking
  3. Get through the Interview: Once you have taken either the IELTS or OET and passed the exam, your agency will set up a job interview call. This interview is your chance to prove that you are suitable for the job.
  4. Pass the CBT (Computer Based Test): All nurses wanting to work in the UK need to be registered with the NMC.  During the NMC registration process, you will be required to take the CBT and OSCE. The CBT is a multiple-choice exam with 120 questions, and it will take four hours to answer them. There are many test centres around the world, and you can easily find one. However, before you proceed to take the CBT test, ensure you get a green signal from the NMC to do so. Once you pass the CBT, you can submit your application.
  5. Submit documents: Now that you have taken the CBT and passed, you have to submit a list of documents that your agency will send to the NHS Trust. These documents include ID proof, police clearance certificate and proof of address, to name a few.
  6. Apply for Certificate of Sponsorship: A certificate of sponsorship is a must to apply for your visa. Your NHS Trust will act as your sponsor and will apply for it on your behalf. This certificate will last for 3 years and can be renewed.
  7. Apply for Visa: You are entitled to apply for a work visa now. Global Nurse Force clients pay for or reimburse visas expenses
  8. Travel to the UK: Your visa will usually take around 3 to 4 weeks to be processed. Once you receive your visa, your flight tickets will be booked. Your transport and accommodation will be taken care of as well. A consultant will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation. You will be handed an area guide, important phone numbers and a few other crucial things in the welcome pack. Once you have settled in, your NHS Trust will begin the training for the OSCE.
  9. Pass the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination): This is the second part of the NMC registration, which will assess your knowledge and clinical skills in different healthcare scenarios. You have three attempts to pass this exam.
  10. Receive the NMC Pin: Once you pass the OSCE, you will be successfully registered with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). You will receive a Personal Identification Number, and with this, you are a registered nurse of the UK.

The entire process can be a bit overwhelming. There are many UK nursing recruitment agencies in India that claim to help you secure a nursing job in the UK. It is great to have a partner who has already helped thousands of nurses find rewarding careers throughout the UK! If living and working in the UK is part of your plans, Global Nurse Force can help you secure your dream job and guide you every step of the way. 
For further advice and support on relocating to the UK, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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