How to register with NMC

You must be registered with NMC (nursing and midwifery council) to work as either a nurse or a midwife in the UK. The NMC registration keeps a list of all registered nurses, midwives, specialist community nurses, and nursing associates eligible to practice in the UK.

The NMC establishes and reviews students’ education, conduct, and performance standards. This blog post will share the steps that international nurses and midwives can take to obtain NMC registration in the UK.

Step 1: Qualification

The NMC requires that your nursing qualification be equivalent to a UK Level 1 nurse. In the UK, a Level 1 nurse is a nurse who has completed a three-year programme of education leading to a nursing qualification/academic qualification (a degree or diploma). For midwifery, you should have qualifications capable of registering as a midwife in the country you have trained.

Step 2: English language

You must communicate in English for NMC registration in the UK. Communication is defined as speaking, reading, listening and writing, and you must prove your skills in all areas.
The NMC will accept three pieces of evidence:

  • A pre-registration nurse, midwife or nursing associate qualification which was taught and examined in English
  • The recent practice of at least one year in an English-speaking country
  • A pass in an English language test accepted by the NMC

English language tests

NMC registration will accept IELTS and OET examination certificate.
For International English Language Test System (IELTS), you must achieve an overall score of 7, at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking section.
NMC registration will accept an OET examination certificate if you have:
At least a grade C+ in the writing section and a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Step 3: Self-assessment

Next, you will need to complete an online self-assessment. This will confirm your eligibility to apply for NMC registration. You must comply with NMC health, good character, and English language requirements. Later in the application process, you may be required to submit supporting documents.

Step 4: Competency Exam

This competency test examines your knowledge, understanding, and application of professional skills.
Your abilities will be assessed in areas such as long-term and acute care, caring for healthy people, caring for patients with complex illnesses and care for patients with complex needs, and caring for people in a social setting like their own home.
CBT is a computer-based exam that tests theoretical and practice-based knowledge. The exam is all multiple-choice and can be taken in a test centre or online, depending on where you apply.

registered with NMCNursing revalidation will guide you on this journey and answer any questions about the exam.
Candidates receive their exam results within 48 hours of taking the examination. You will either be given a pass or fail. The CBT is valid for two years.
The exam price is £83. After your arrival, the Trust will refund you.
NMC will process your application in 60 days once all documents have been received. After all, documents have been received; you will receive an invitation to take the OSCE exam at your UK hospital.

Step 5: Documentation

You will need to pay the NMC registration fees after passing the CBT exam. This opens a portal. The portal allows you to upload all required documents.

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Qualification certificates
  • Police clearance
  • Registration verification from each country where you practised or where you have previously registered
  • Transcript of training
  • A good health declaration from your GP

Submit your application on the NMC portal along with all documents. After the NMC has received all required documents, your application is assessed by a member of the International Registrations Team. They aim to evaluate applications within 40-60 days of receiving all supporting documentation. This is the longest part of registration.

register with NMCStep 6: OSCE exam

Once you arrive in the UK, you will have three months to pass your OSCE exam. The OSCE simulates the clinical environment, and patient scenarios that registered nurses and midwives will encounter in their work. It also includes ten skill stations. Each clinical exam is called a “station”, and you will move through each station within a time limit.
To become a registered nursing professional, you must pass ten stations. If you fail one of these stations, you will need to retake the exam and pass any other stations. Most of the NHS Trusts offer a structured OSCE training program delivered upon arrival to prepare you for your exam. They will schedule the exam only if they are satisfied you are ready.

NMC registrationStep 7: ID verification

An ID check will be conducted at the OSCE site on the same day that your OSCE exam. All original documents you have uploaded to your application will be required. You will need to bring your passport, registration certificates and UK DBS.
After completing all the requirements, you will be a registered nurse and officially part of the NMC. You will now be able to work as a Band 6 or 7 nurse or midwife depending on your previous experience.

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