NMC consult on revising the competency tests for overseas qualified nurses and midwives


12 / 9 / 2013 2.30pm

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is running a public consultation until 12 noon on 31 October 2013 on the introduction of a mandatory competence test for overseas nursing and midwifery applicants as part of a revised overseas registration process.

The test will replace the existing Overseas Nursing Programme and the Adaptation Programme for midwives. The tests will enable all nurses and midwives who have trained outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) to demonstrate that they meet the current NMC standards for competence as outlined in the pre-registration education standards and the required English language competence.

The consultation

Competency testing for overseas trained nurses and midwives is seeking views on the following key areas:

  • principles underpinning the proposed competency test
  • requirements for entry to the test
  • content and structure of the test
  • management and delivery of the test
  • how the test should be funded.

Proposed options

There are two proposed options for testing the competence of overseas trained nurses and midwives:

Option one involves a two part examination of theory and performance (using objective structured clinical examinations - OSCEs. On successful completion, the applicant could register with the NMC.

Option two involves a three part examination of theory and performance, as in option one, and on successful completion, the applicant would progress to a period of supervised practice. This would last for a specific period of no less than 4 weeks and require a mentor to sign off the process to say the individual has demonstrated safe and effective practice within the four competency domains of the standards .

Submit your views

We are working closely with the NMC and to inform our discussions with them we would welcome your views on the changes to be emailed to adele.scott@nhsemployers.org

The NMC have also designed a simple on-line response form which we encourage employers to use.

Further information about this consultation can be found on the NMC website.

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