The United Kingdom possesses the world’s one of the most advanced and growing healthcare systems. Planning to work for National Health Service (NHS) or any private health service provider, be assured of entering a workforce that gives standard care and makes record achievements in it every day.
Almost all hospitals under NHS give excellent training opportunities for the complete career development of their nurses in specialist areas. Nursing recruitment initiatives are commonly held in different countries to draw talented professionals.
Nurses are in huge need in the United Kingdom. Based on your specialization, preference, and location, nursing jobs are readily available for both the short and long term.
All that you need to understand about nursing jobs, the registration process, and working in the UK is all a click away now.
First and foremost, anyone aspiring to work in the UK as a professional nurse should have a professional degree or diploma in Nursing. They should have a one-year work experience and also register as a nurse in their home country.
To become a licensed nurse in the UK, one need to enroll with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC keeps a record of all registered nurses, midwives, and professional community health nurses qualified to practice in the UK. It is NMC who examines and approves the application to work as a registered nurse in the UK.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) currently accept two language tests that confirm the English language and communication skills. The International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET) are the two tests to test the language competency of healthcare professionals planning to migrate to the UK.
IELTS is a globally identified international test to examine language and communication proficiency. It measures the linguistic ability of those who wish to study or work in a place where English is the principal language. After successful completion of an IELTS examination, you must present the certificate that confirms a minimum of 6.5 scores in the writing sections, 7.0 in the listening, reading & speaking, and an overall 7.0 scores.
The OET is also an English language proficiency test intended exclusively for healthcare professionals. It evaluates the language skills of professionals in the healthcare sector who prefer to practice in an English native speaking country. In an OET examination, the nurses must get at least a C+ grade in writing, and a B grade in listening, reading & speaking.
Once you have passed the eligibility test, create an online account in NMC to complete various applications. After passing the NMC’s self-assessment, the next step is to undergo the Computer Based Test (CBT) to prove your nursing skills and knowledge. The test pattern is multiple-choice that can be attended to in various centres around the globe. There will be 140 multiple choice questions based on nursing proficiency. Applicants should begin the evaluation stage and render documentation immediately after they have passed the CBT.
After completion of the NMC registration process, get a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) from your employer in the UK. The applicants trained outside the European Union need to apply for the Tier 2 visa[JI1] or Health and Care Worker visa. They are hired only under Tier 2 [JI2] or Health and Care Worker visa. Once you reach the UK, you can start to work immediately as a registered assistant nurse.
Once the applicant passes the appraisal stage, they will have to take the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) within 12 weeks in any of the approved university test centres. If you fail the test on the first attempt, you will have to redo the exam within eight months from your visa activation date. They need to finish the OSCE in two years of attaining the CBT. Once you have completed the OSCE exam, there will be an identification check on the same day.
The nurses trained outside the UK and European Economic Area (EEA) have different provisions when compared to their counterparts trained in the UK and EEA. Candidates trained outside the EEA who have registered on to the NMC file need to undergo a nursing course to change their present skills to enable them to exercise in the UK. Registration with the NMC alone does not grant any license to work in the UK. Being an abroad nurse, you will require to obtain a UK Work permit and NMC registration. They will examine and compare the training attained in the home country with that needed in the UK.
To start with, fully qualified registered nurses get £21,142 per year as their salaries rising to £24,907 and £30,615 when they are on Band 5. With an increase in experience, say nurse team leader on Band 6, the salary can go up to £35,577. Further, at more senior levels like nurse consultant on Bands 7 to 8 payrolls reach up to £69,168.
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