The new assessment process is formed of two parts starting with a test in the candidates own country:
- multiple choice computer-based exam, which candidates sit at test centres around the world
- practical clinical examination delivered at the University of Northampton in the UK
Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:
“Each year, hundreds of nurses and midwives who trained outside Europe apply to practise in the UK.
Nurses union RCN said there are around 20,000 nursing job vacancies in the UK. With NHS hospitals unable to recruit enough nurses in Spain and Portugal, they are once again offering Tier 2 working visa sponsorship for non-EU overseas nurses and those who are on Tier 4 students in the UK. Student Visa holders are allowed to switch to Tier 2 work permits whilst in the UK.
Going through the initial NMC registration process and obtaining a PRN letter can take several weeks, if not months, so if you are serious about coming to work in the UK you should get started as soon as possible. NHS hospital employers going out to countries like India or the Philippines will not want to wait around for 3-6 months while you sit an IELTS test and apply for the your NMC if they have candidates who are already in process. English tests are required for most of the English speaking countries - Australia, NZ, Canada - likely to need more nurses, so get studying!