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Coming to work in the United Kingdom is an exciting opportunity to give you international exposure, build new nursing skills and competencies, meet people from across the world and learn about a new culture, to name but a few. If you choose, you can also apply for UK citizenship with an indefinite leave to remain after a 5-year period.

Our streamlined recruitment process places you as our top priority guiding you every step of the way.

We provide guidance and resources for IELTS Language requirements as well as applying to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council UK.

We are looking for ambitious, determined and adventurous nurses who are looking for the opportunity to live and work in the UK as a registered Nurse, earn a great salary and enjoy a high standard of living and explore the rich cultural history of the United Kingdom with your friends and family. To become a registered nurse in the United Kingdom you must meet the NMC’s minimum requirements.

Why the UK, and why Richmond?

  • Experienced, trustworthy, acting in your interest.
  • Established contracts with a variety of NHS trusts
  • Negotiate salaries and other benefits for our nurses with employers
  • Provide language support via our IELTS preparation course
  • Support you with the Nursing & Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Guide you through the entire NMC application and registration process and can communicate to the NMC on your behalf
  • Assist with flight and travel arrangements, VISAs and work permits
  • Meet & greet upon your arrival and assistance with accommodation
  • Assistance with opening a Bank Account and obtaining your National Insurance Number

Let us be your guide and partner on your new adventure!


Richmond Recruitment will support you with the IELTS examination and NMC Registration. In order to work as a Registered Nurse in the United Kingdom, the NMC checks and verifies if the applicant is capable of practicing safely and effectively in the UK as a nurse, and they assess the applicant’s qualification, training, and experience against the UK NMC standards.

The NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for talented Overseas Nurses to join us and start a career as a Band 5 Registered Nurse.

We have a range of vacancies in all divisions (Intensive care, Surgery, Women and Children’s, and Diagnostics and Specialties) across our busy hospitals.

What do we need from you?

We welcome applications from eligible candidates who have:

  • Successfully completed Part 1 of the NMC Test of Competence: CBT (in the last 2 years)
  • Already received or be in the process of applying for the NMC decision letter
  • Met the English Language Requirement

This includes evidence of:

  • A level 7 in IELTS Academic UKVI within the last 2 years
  • OR OET Grade B qualified

If you are a registered nurse but you don't currently have any of the above, we can support you through our Fast track Nurses4uk Program to prepare you for eligibility.

This will consist of

  • NMC Registration
  • IELTS Preparation Program ( 30 hours)
  • Test of competency resource pack and prep
  • Support with document preparation and submission

Upon successful completion of the above we will provide you with the following;

Tier 2 Sponsorship and work visa for eligible candidates, along with a maintenance package, if required, to assist your transition into the UK consisting of:

  • A flight to the UK
  • Accommodation
  • Payment for OSCE exam

Further information for Nurses

IELTS Requirements:
International English Language Test System (IELTS)

Nurses who have completed an IELTS academic examination must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms:

  • at least 7.0 in the listening reading and speaking
  • at least 6.5 in the writing
  • at least 7.0 overall

Nurses can also take two IELTS tests, in which case the scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and they achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together. Both tests must be within 6 months.

As per the new NMC Update on 28/11/2018: Nurses and midwives will still be required to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the test. However, a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.

Occupational English Test (OET)

Nurses who have completed an OET examination must provide a certificate that confirms:

  • at least a B grade in listening and reading, and
  • at least a B grade in writing and speaking

We will only accept results from OET tests taken from and after February 2016.

For nurses who take the OET, all grades in both sittings should be above grade C+ and they must achieve a grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together. Both tests must be within six months and they must complete all sections on each test.


A recent Pre-registration Nursing or Midwifery qualification which was taught and examined in English

Nurses who wish to rely on evidence that they have been recently trained in English, they must be able to provide evidence that:

  • The course was taught and examined in English.
  • The programme demonstrates their ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening in all range of environments.

They will need to provide us with the following:

  • A university transcript of training.
  • A letter of reference from your training institution (or the training institution can complete sections 8a and 8b on the form to accompany their transcript of training).

The evidence must confirm that the programme was composed of at least 50 percent clinical interaction. At least 75 percent of that must be with patients, service users, their families and other healthcare professionals and it must carried out in English.

NMC is currently reviewing this route, we encourage nurses to use evidence 1 route for NMC registration.


Registration and practice of at least one year in a country where English is the first and native language and an English language assessment was required for registration.

Nurses who wish to rely on evidence that they have registered and practiced in English, they must be able to provide evidence that:

They have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of their registration in the country.

They have one year post registered practice in an English speaking setting

If the registration is in a country where English is the first and native language. Nurses will need to provide the following:

  • A letter of good standing from their licensing authority.
  • Details of the English language assessment that they undertook as part of their registration, and A supporting reference from their employer.

Please note, if we are unable to identify whether the nurse completed an English language assessment as part of their registration then we will require additional confirmation of the registration requirements from the licensing authority where they are registered.

Registration Process

A Registration in the NMC-UK is mandatory to work as a registered nurse. It is a matter of fact that, the Registration process is one of the most tedious job in the process of migration for a nurse. The process involves lot steps at various stages and is considerable a time consumed procedure. It consumes lot of time because of the fool proof scrutiny methodology followed by the council and also due to the huge number of applicants who are aspiring to work and settle in the UK from various parts of the world. On an average the NMC consumes about 90 days to issue a Decision Letter to an applicant, where the applicant has to undergo lot of documentation, correspondence etc. In the process of fulfilling the required documentation, the candidate has to dedicate a considerable time (may be weeks) for gathering the documents and many times has to spend a good sum of money due to various situations. The NMC knowing all these difficulties faced by the candidates, has come up with an all to gather new system which is simple, user friendly and consuming lesser time than the earlier systems. Although, there were many changes that happened at different times in the past, the process flow remained the same.

For the first time, the NMC-UK has come up with a change in the registration process flow with effect from 7th Oct 2019.

The old NMC registration process would remain active for a period of 1 year for the candidates who have reached a considerable stage in the old process. That is, the candidates who has paid the NMC full application fee of £140 before 30 Sep 2019 have been permitted to continue with the Old NMC Registration process.

The Old Process in a Nutshell:

  1. Registering an Account in the NMC portal and creating a User-name and password using a registered email ID.
  2. Obtain an authorization to book and undertake the part I Competency examination (CBT) after a wait period of 24 hours.
  3. Booking a slot for CBT examination by paying £90
  4. A CBT passed candidate, qualifies to the second stage; i.e., Full application assessment by paying the full application fee of £140 online.
  5. NMC Full Application: The candidate has to furnish required details in every section of the application, upload some documents and courier the hard copies of few documents to the NMC.
  6. Once the NMC confirms the receipt of the sent documents, the applicant can re-check and submit the application.

On successful completion of the above steps; the NMC would verify the application and if satisfied, would approve the application and issue a “Decision letter” to the candidate in duration of 30-60 days. (If there is any shortcoming observed by the NMC, the council would ask the applicant to re-submit that document or add more supporting documents as per the need. However, there were instances where applicants received their DLs in a very fast timeline of few weeks; but it’s solely subjected to the case worker of those applications.

If any candidate (who has a Decision letter in hand) has an employer he/she can come to UK through the employer or can fly to UK on a visit visa to fulfill the Part II examination called the OSCE. On successful completion of the part II exam, the candidate would receive the NMC Registration within 72 hours. The candidate should pay the final NMC Registration fee of £153 and undergo the ID and biometric checks.

The Existing NMC Registration Process

In order to work as a Registered Nurse in the United Kingdom, The NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council) checks and verifies that an applicant is capable of practicing safely and effectively in the UK as a nurse or a midwife, and they assess the applicant’s qualification, training, and experience against the UK NMC standards. The NMC has replaced the registration process with a very simple and easy process that consumes less time and reduces the overall burden of the applicants. The new process came into existence on 7th October 2019. Unlike the old process, the NMC follows a different approach with the new process where the eligibility & qualification of the candidates are assessed first.

The following are the step by step description of the new process:

  • Step 1: Account creation.
  • Step 2: Complete eligibility & qualification application.
  • Step 3: Upload documents supporting your qualification & professional registration.
  • Step 4: Submit your application by making a payment of £140.

The NMC will take about 35 days to complete the process of initial assessment and will contact you once complete. On successful completion of the initial assessment, you will be able to book the LEVEL 1 test of competence, ie CBT (Computer based test) which can be booked and appeared from any part of the world. However, the LEVEL 2 test of competence, ie OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination) has to be appeared from any of the test centers in the UK.

On successful completion of the NMC’s tests of competence, the applicant can begin the final stage of Registration. The steps involved are:

  • Step 1: General Health Declaration.
  • Step 2: Character Declaration / PCC.
  • Step 3: English Language Proficiency evidence (IELTS / OET).
  • Step 4: Payment of Registration fee £153.
  • Step 5: Identity and Biometric verification.
  • Step 6: Issue of NMC PIN.

NMC's tests of competence:

1. Computer Based Test (CBT) – Pearson VUE Test Centers across the world.

2. Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) conducted at:

  • University of Northampton, UK
  • Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Ulster University, UK

Computer Based Test (CBT)

  • Multiple choices
  • 120 questions
  • 4 hours max duration
  • 68% score overall to pass
  • Maximum 2 re-sits

Stage 2 – Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

  • 6 OSCE stations.
  • 20 minutes per station with 5 minutes familiarization.
  • 4 stations are scenario-based, related to holistic patient-centered nursing and midwifery care.
  • 2 stations are focused on practical clinical skills.
  • Unique 20 criterion-based assessment sheet for each station.
  • Maximum 2 re-sits.

Fees associated with NMC Registration:

  • Initial Assessment fee £140.
  • Part 1 test of competence (CBT) £83.
  • Part 2 test of competence (OSCE) £794.
  • Admission to the NMC register £153.

Advantages of the new process over the old process:

  1. Refurbished and user-friendly NMC website that is smartphone/tablet friendly.
  2. Paperless “online” application process.
  3. Verification of Registrations with the regulating bodies/councils (or with both the educational institutions in case of unregistered candidates) done directly by the NMC.
  4. Downloadable personalized checklist for candidates to ensure easy and thorough submission.
  5. The NMC will provide step by step process guide to the candidates to show every stage of the application process
  6. PCC from foreign countries is only required if the stay is of 12 months or more within the recent 10 years after the age of 18.
  7. Reduction in the processing time for every application to 35 days.
  8. Reduction in NMC CBT fee from £90 to £83.
  9. “Good Health Declaration” is not required if the individual is medically fit.
  10. The passport will suffice as an identity proof and birth certificate is not necessary.
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