UKRN: Steps to Your UK Application
According to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in London, Filipino nurses are in high demand in the UK during the pandemic. With 5,000 more expected to be employed by the end of the year, over 4,000 already working in hospitals.
However, following demands from the UK government, which had reported an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the highly transmissible Delta form, deployment to the UK is exempt from this cap.
If you're a foreign worker seeking a job in the UK's healthcare sector, the NHS is a great place to start. Before entering the country, you must have done the necessary arrangements with your documents. To work in the UK, you may need to get a visa depending on your country of origin.
Without further ado, here are the most essential steps to your UK application.
Step 1: Demonstrate your proficiency in English through IELTS or OET.
NMC accepts both the Occupational English Test (OET) and the International English Language Test System (IELTS)-Academic as proof of your ability to communicate effectively in English.
Each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking must be completed to the acceptable standard. The results of your tests are valid for two years.
You must satisfy the passing scores below depending on your test:
· Academic IELTS - 6.5 in writing and 7 in remaining areas
· OET - C+ in writing and B in remaining areas
Step 2: Take an NMC Online Self-Assessment
You'll need to take an online self-assessment to see if you're eligible for NMC registration. You will be asked to certify that you meet the health, character, and English language standards as part of this evaluation.
After passing the NMC self-assessment eligibility stage, the candidate has up to six months to complete the first portion of the test of competence. The application will be closed at the end of this time period. Applicants have a maximum of two chances to pass the CBT (an initial sitting and a re-sit), with a minimum of 28 days between each attempt. Applicants who fail both tries will be required to reapply.
Step 3. Pass your Computer Based Test (CBT)
A Computer Based Test (CBT) is required for registration, and it can be taken at any of the test centers across the world. There are 120 multiple-choice questions in the test.
What will I need to do?
You will need to take a test that's specific to the part of the register you're applying to join or rejoin.
- adult nursing
- children's nursing
- learning disabilities nursing
- mental health nursing
- nursing associate
Each Test of Competence is split into two parts:
1) multiple-choice computer based test known as the CBT.
2) practical test known as the OSCE or Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
For more information on how to register with the NMC and to find out more about the CBT, please visit the NMC website.
Step 4. Take the NMC Application Assessment
To assess if you are qualified to work as a nurse in the United Kingdom, the NMC will ask you to submit a range of documentation. After NMC receives all required documents, your application will be evaluated by a member of the International Registrations Team.
Step 5: Submit your documents to your employer
You will be required to provide several documents to our team in Universal Staffing throughout the recruitment process, which will be forwarded to your employer. These documents ensure that you can work as a nurse in the UK safely and legally.
The following are some of the documents that we may require:
· Tuberculosis Test Results
· A police check from your home country
Passport or National Identity Card
Proof of address documents
Step 6: Receive your Certificate of Sponsorship (COS)
A Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) is required to apply for a UK work visa. To apply for a UK work visa your NHS Trust will apply on your behalf as your sponsor. After three years, you might be re-sponsored. You can apply for permanent status after five years of residency in the UK.
Step 7. Apply for a Visa
In order to work in the United Kingdom, nurses from foreign countries must apply for a Tier 2 (Skilled Worker) Visa. Our UK clients will pay for or reimburse the cost of your visa.
Step 8. Flight to the UK
Our UK client will cover your flight to the United Kingdom. We will ensure that you are picked up from the airport and taken to your initial lodging. We will continue to support you.
Step 9: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
The second exam required for NMC registration is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The OSCE is a clinical knowledge assessment that can only be performed in the United Kingdom.
The OSCE simulates a clinical setting and patient scenarios that all registered nurses and midwives would encounter when assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care.
Our clients will completely prepare you for the OSCE and cover the cost of the exam.
Step 10: Receive your NMC PIN
After passing the OSCE, you'll be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council and granted your NMC Personal Identification Number (PIN).
To find out more about coming to work in the UK visit www.gov.uk/visas-immigration/work-visas.
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