NMC announces changes for overseas nurses and those returning to practice

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The Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) has announced a reduction in cost for the test of competence for overseas nurses, midwives and nursing associates wishing to join the UK register. In addition, an alternative route for those returning to practice has also been approved.   

The fees will see a reduction of more than 20 per cent and will take effect from 1 April 2019, the changes are outlined below:

  • computer based test reduced from £130 to £90
  • full Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) reduced from £992 to £794
  • resit of OSCE reduced from £496 to £397.

This announcement is one of several proposed measures to make the overseas registration process more straightforward and cost effective for those wanting to join the register.  To find out more about the review and to have your say on the next steps, sign up to attend the NMC webinar on 2 May.

On 27 March, the NMC Council agreed a new proposal that would allow nurses and midwives re-joining the register to have the opportunity to take a test of competence to demonstrate that their skills and knowledge are up to date, rather than taking a return to practice course. The NMC has also agreed to give educators the flexibility to consider the skills and experience of the applicants and design courses accordingly, removing the requirement of a course minimum length.

Full details on the new changes and the NMC review of the overseas registration process can be found on the NMC website.  More information on Tier 2 and the NMC overseas registration process can be found on our website. 

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