Internationally Educated Nurses

Key People:

  • International Recruitment Practice Development Sister:

    Sylvie Seales

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) introduced a test of competency for internationally registered nurses in October 2014. This test measures candidates against the current UK pre-registration standards for nursing and midwifery, and is comprised of 2 sections.

Part 1: Computer based test (CBT) consisting of multiple choice questions.

Part 2: Objective Structures Clinical Examination (OSCE). This exam is designed to test your ability to competently apply your professional nursing skills and knowledge in the United Kingdom (UK).

You need to have passed an English language test accepted by the NMC before you can apply to sit your OSCE’s. 

What our Trust offers you

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in partnership with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust offers an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) programme to internationally registered nurses that have been identified as requiring part 2 of the NMC competency exam

The programme is run over 6 weeks and includes trust and clinical induction, ward placements and a 4 day OSCE programme which includes a mock exam (delivered by Yeovil Hospital). Please note the exam will be booked with an accredited centre.

The test centres that are currently used are:
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Northampton

Individuals will be enrolled onto the competence test centre online learning platform as soon as the OSCE exam has been booked and paid for. This is a good resource to access learning and preparation material.

What you will be tested on

The programme will cover all core elements set out in part 2 of the NMC test of competence.

  • Assessment, Implementation, Planning & Evaluation (APIE)
  • Skills station
  • Basic Life Support
  • Communication including Holistic Patient Centred Care and Active Listening Skills
  • OSCE Top Tips

Key contacts

Jade Bourne

International Recruitment Manager

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Sylvie Seales

International Recruitment Practice Development Sister 

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