Registration of overseas trained nurses in the UK

17 January 2014
Briefing provides a discussion of the experiences and systems used in other countries that also have a heavy reliance on the intake of overseas trained nurses. The purpose is to give an overview of the key issues and reflect on the experiences of other countries, highlighting opportunities to learn from some of their challenges and successes.

The RCN responded to NMC's consultation in October 2013 and welcomed the discussion on arrangements for processing overseas trained applicants wishing to register with the NMC. The main points raised in its response included:

  • agreement with continuing the current language requirements
  • noting there are issues to cover outside of the competency test
  • agreement with the move towards an OSCE-type competency test, but noting the need for some form of supervised practice to continue.

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