The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been working towards a new, streamlined overseas registration process for nurses and midwives, launching at the end of September 2019.
The changes include:
- a new online application system where candidates will be able to track their application's progress, alongside a pre-application checklist for candidates to check how ready they are to apply and what evidence they need (which will be shareable with employers and recruiters).
- streamlined requirements to assess each candidate's ability to practice safely and effectively (for example, instead of asking for training transcripts routinely, the NMC will simply confirm the candidate holds a qualification that has or would lead to registration in their country of training
- the alignment of the NMC's police clearance requirements with those of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
- a new test of competence will be launched in 2020 in line with the NMC's future nurse standards
- a new assurance panel will be created to oversee the quality and consistency of the new test- this will be made up of a group of experienced nurses, midwives and other health and care professionals.
These changes follow a number that have already been implemented, such as the updated OSCE resit policy, updated English language requirements and reduced cost of the test of competence.
You can read full details about the changes and sign up to a webinar to learn more on the NMC website.