Recruitment of Overseas Nurses and Midwives To UK

Nurses and midwives who wish to work in the UK but trained overseas must gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Applicants are tested for competence through a two-part process to gain registration.

  • Part one – computer-based test (CBT) multiple-choice examination which is accessible around the world for applicants to access in their home countries.
  • Part two – practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), held in the UK in one of the three test centres which will increase to five in March 2022.

The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

The OSCE is based on UK pre-registration standards. Candidates are required to act out scenarios that nurses or midwives are likely to encounter when assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating care. An individual entering the UK to take a nursing role has up to three months (12 weeks) from the employment start date noted on the certificate of sponsorship to sit the OSCE exam. During this period they can be legally employed as a pre-registration candidate. Applicants must complete the OSCE in the UK at an approved test centre.

What is involved in the OSCE?

The legacy OSCE (as part of the new ToC) is made up of six separate stations using simulated patients in a clinical setting. Four stations are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care (APIE), and the remaining two stations test clinical skills. The new OSCE has ten stations separated into four skills-based, APIE, and two silent skills. The NHS constitutional values and the 6Cs of nursing are assessed throughout the OSCE at all stations.  

Candidates who have begun their application, but have not yet taken either the CBT or the OSCE before August 2021, will also take the new test. Candidates who have attempted to take the CBT or the OSCE before August 2021 will have a 12-month transition window to complete the current ToC. After 12 months, they will need to take the new test.

Approved OSCE test centres

There are three universities that are approved OSCE test centres, providing a choice of four locations to sit the OSCE. Please visit the links below for more information:

The three test centres above will continue as providers and Leeds Teaching University Hospitals NHS Trust and Northumbria University have also been awarded contracts as OSCE test centres. Bookings can now be made at the Northumbria University test centre, but please note that only the new test of competence can be taken at this site. 

OSCE preparation

To ensure candidates have adequate time to prepare for the OSCE, they are given up to 12 weeks from the start date on their certificate of sponsorship (CoS) to complete the exam. In the run-up to the exam, candidates should be given support and the opportunity to practice and prepare for the OSCE. 

The experience a candidate has in the first few weeks is vital to their success in the OSCE. The NMC’s registration process no longer requires applicants to complete a period of supervised practice, therefore the importance of establishing a quality and well-structured induction and socialisation period is critical. Many trusts also provide specific OSCE preparation support for their international recruits. 

In preparation for the OSCE, it is important that candidates are familiar with the NMC nursing blueprints. The exam blueprints set out the scope and content of the OSCE in terms of the topics, skills and procedures that a newly registered nurse would need to know and be able to demonstrate. Find out more and access a copy of the blueprints on the NMC website.

Top tips for preparing candidates for the OSCE

The following top tips were provided by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – both trusts have support programmes in place. 

  • Empower candidates with practice and experience, and stress the importance of being able to verbalise and demonstrate their knowledge.
  • Build up their resilience and confidence to speak up in front of others, as this can be something which overseas nurses are not always comfortable with. 
  • Set up practice rooms in the same way as the OSCE, with simulated patients in a clinical setting, so that the setting is familiar to them.
  • Create a dedicated support group – for example, a Facebook group.
  • Consider sending a representative to complete a train-the-trainer course. This is run by both the University of Northampton and Ulster University, and allows information to be cascaded within the trust.
  • Make sure candidates have plenty of time to practise their skills prior to taking the OSCE.
  • Plan a mock, timed practice at least three weeks before the OSCE date to help identify if the candidate is ready (any later than this may then cause a delay in getting a new test date within the 12 week limit).
  • If your candidates are not ready for their test, make sure you give them the choice to change the date.
  • Although there is always time pressure linked to a candidate sitting the OSCE and to move staff through this process quickly, low pass rates suggest speed initially may cause more difficulties in the long term.

Rules for employers and overseas nurse applicants

  • All overseas applicants need to pass their CBT and comply with all other initial requirements of the NMC overseas nursing process (including achieving language capability requirements) to be eligible to sit the OSCE and complete their registration. NMC guidance is available on how an overseas applicant can meet the required level of English language capability.
  • An individual entering the UK to take a nursing role normally has up to 12 weeks from the employment start date noted on the certificate of sponsorship (CoS) to sit the OSCE exam. During this period they can be legally employed as a pre-registration candidate.
  • Individuals are responsible to decide which OSCE route they should be placed on. There are specific OSCE’s for adult nursing, paediatric nursing, mental health nursing, learning and disability nursing, midwifery, and nursing associates.
  • Employers must ensure that before a certificate of sponsorship is applied for:
    • the individual has passed part one of the NMC test of competence (CBT) 
    • the individual has been issued with an offer of employment, and
    • the individual has achieved the required level of language capability.
  • In any applications for certificates of sponsorship, you are required to send the following evidence:
    • a copy of the employment offer letter
    • a copy of the email confirmation from the NMC to show the individual has passed the CBT.
  • The skilled worker minimum salary requirement of £20,480 is temporarily removed in these circumstances, though employers are still advised to place nurses in an interim position with a salary at least equivalent to that of a Band 3 role.
  • Applicants may sit the OSCE up to three times as part of one application.
  • Applicants must pass their OSCE (candidates must pass all stations at 100 per cent) within eight months from the start of their visa.
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful at their first or second OSCE attempt, they must wait a minimum of 10 working days before they can take the examination again. Previously, applicants had to wait three months before they could take the OSCE for the third time.
  • Applicants only have to re-sit the parts of the exam they previously failed. There is a reduced re-sit fee of £397 to all applicants who have failed seven or fewer stations.
  • If the applicant is unsuccessful after their permitted attempts, the employer must stop sponsoring them and as a result their leave to remain period will be shortened.
  • Upon successful completion of the OSCE and awarding of NMC registration, employers need to commit to ongoing employment of the individual as a registered nurse on a salary of at least £20,800.
  • Employers must be able to provide evidence of the above arrangement if requested. 
  • It may take up to 35 calendar days for the NMC to process applications for PINs. If there are any issues with receiving PINs, then email TOC@nmc-uk.org and copy in NHSI.Workforce@nhs.net. The NMC is expediating this processing time and currently, it takes on average two to three weeks for a PIN to be received.
  • Employers must be able to provide evidence of the above arrangement if requested.

Employers or individuals with queries about individual NMC registrations are advised to contact the NMC directly.

New Test of Competence (ToC) Hub

The NMC launched its new test of competence with new scenarios in June 2021. 

Anyone who applies to the NMC after the new ToC goes live in August 2021, will take the new test.

The new OSCE will consist of four assessments followed by an APIE (assessment, planning, implantation, evaluation) and two silent skills stations.

In the latest update from the NMC, all legacy tests, whether the CBT or OSCE, must be taken by 31 July 2022. From 1 August 2022 only resits for the legacy test will be available. Also from 1 August 2022, all candidates taking their ToC for the first time will sit the new test.

Applicants should refer to page four of the CBT information booklet for nurses and midwives which includes detailed booking instructions and course/module information. If an incorrect CBT has been sat, applicants will be required to resit and pass the correct CBT.

The NMC have launched a website hub that contains all the information candidates, recruiters and employers prepare for the new ToC.

The hub includes:

  • candidate handbooks
  • test specifications
  • blueprints
  • practice tests for the new CBTs, and
  • an OSCE prep resource pack.

For more details on changes to the new ToC and to view the support resources, visit the ToC hub.

Nursing on the shortage occupation list

Nurses remain on the shortage occupation list, as occupation code 2231.

The continuation of nursing on the shortage occupation list means the requirement to earn at least £20,480 or more to qualify for permanent settlement in the UK (indefinite leave to remain) will not apply to individuals for whom nursing has appeared on the shortage occupation list at any time during their employment in a nursing role – they will still need to meet all the other settlement criteria.

Applying for a certificate of sponsorship – need to know.

The Home Office is clear that employers must only apply for certificates when required and when it is certain when it will be used. The individual being sponsored must have a job offer and either:

  • have obtained full registration with the NMC
  • have passed the NMC’s CBT of competence (part one)
  • be sponsored to undertake a supervised practice placement as part of the programme, which has been approved by the NMC.

Employers are required to provide evidence of the above in any applications for certificates of sponsorship. You must send a copy of the employment offer letter and a copy of the email confirmation from the NMC to show the individual has passed the CBT.

How Overseas Auxiliary Nurses, Healthcare Assistants Can Travel To UK for Jobs

The UK government has opened her border to Auxiliary Nurses and Health Attendants (HCA) around the world as the country battles COVID-19. Auxiliary Nurses and Health Care Assistants has been added to Skilled Occupation Shortage list.

What does this mean?

This means auxiliary nurses, health attendants and registered nurses who are finding it difficult to pass IELTS/OET can easily secure work visa and come to UK to work as Health care assistant (hospital service).

Also, they will be exempted from paying for the Health Insurance Surcharge fees. They will also benefit from reduced visa fees announced by the UK government for Overseas Healthcare workers last year.

Where Can Healthcare Assistants work in UK?

Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) work in varieties of NHS hospital or community settings under the guidance of nurses, midwives, doctors and other healthcare professionals. The description varies based on their practice setting.

What is the job responsibility of a healthcare assistant?

The duty you perform as a healthcare assistant depends on your practice setting and might include duties according to UNISON:

  • observing, monitoring and recording patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight
  • communication with patients, relatives and carers
  • assisting with clinical duties
  • personal care including infection prevention and control, food, personal hygiene and overall reassurance, comfort and safety
  • promoting positive mental/physical/nutritional health with patients
  • checking and ordering supplies
  • Serving meals and helping to feed patients.
  • Helping people to move around.
  • Toileting.
  • Making beds.
  • Talking to patients and making them comfortable.
  • Monitoring patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight.

Qualification Requirements for Healthcare assistant

There are no set academic requirements to become a healthcare assistant in UK. Employers set the qualification standard and some may expect you to have good literacy and numeracy so you might be asked to produce evidence of completing secondary school education. Experience in healthcare setting may be an asset and most employer usually need someone with at least 1year experience as HCA.

How Can I Apply?

Health care assistant is not a regulated profession in UK and there is no formal qualification. All you need to do is to apply for jobs right away.

There are different ways by which overseas HCA can apply for Health Assistant jobs. You can apply directly to each hospital that is need of HCA or through agencies. Some recruitment agencies now recruit HCA from overseas to NHS. One popular agency recently posted picture of the first HCA from Asia country to be granted work permit under them. Note that employment is free in UK, you are not expected to pay any money. Any agency that ask you to pay before you can be employed is violating the law as NHS pay them millions to help employ you.

The second option is to apply by yourself to hospitals or care homes. Below are the websites where you can apply for healthcare assistant jobs in UK, register on them and start applying for jobs:

  1. Trac Job Portal https://apps.trac.jobs/
  2. NHS Job Portal https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/
  3. Monster Job Portal https://www.monster.co.uk/
  4. Indeed Job Portal https://uk.indeed.com/?from=gnav-jobsearch–jasx
  5. Reed Job Portal https://www.reed.co.uk/
  6. Jobsite https://www.jobsite.co.uk/
  7. Total Jobs https://www.totaljobs.com/

You can also get jobs from LInkedin, Facebook among others

Common Healthcare Assistant Job Interview Questions

Below are the common HCA Questions:

Tell us about yourself

How would your boss describe you?

What things do you least like about work?

If a patient relative rings asking for test results, what do you do?

What do you think this job involves?

Talk about a time where you have had to deal with a difficult patient and what do you do?

A patient is very angry, what do you do?

A patient keeps ringing the buzzer in the middle of the night, what do you do?

Why might a patient be struggling to eat their food and what would you do to help them?

How do you feel about confidentiality?

How do you feel about equality?

How would you make a difference in a team?

What skills do you have?

What Next after the interview?

You will likely be successful or otherwise in the interview. If you are not, keep looking for other job interviews.

For those who are successful during the interview, they would receive an offer letter stating their contract terms and conditions. Contract terms in most NHS is 3years. The terms will contain the list of documents you are needed to submit in order for the offer of appointment to be valid. It will also contain your yearly salary, your work hours a week which is usually 37.5hours, etc

After you sign the offer letter, your employer will begin to process of Certificate of Sponsorship popularly called COS.

After the issuance of COS the next thing is for you to apply for Visa. I will discuss extensively on this in my next step.

Wamba School of Nursing Nurse Tutors Vacancy

Consolata Hospital Wamba Nursing School is a nurse training college in Samburu County, Samburu East sub-county in Wamba town.

The school is under the governorship of the Catholic Diocese of Maralal which covers the Samburu County.

The training school offers a Diploma in KRCHN and is fully recognized by the nursing council of Kenya.

Position: Clinical Nurse Instructor

1 Position

Reports to: Principal Tutor

Duty Station: Wamba

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

  • A Diploma in Nursing (KRCHN) with at least two (2) years’ work experience in a hospital setting. A degree in nursing (BScN) will be an added advantage
  • Should have a Nursing Council of Kenya certificate.
  • Should have a valid practice license from Nursing Council of Kenya.

Personal Attributes:

  • Should preferably be a female
  • Should have good teaching and communication skills.
  • Should be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Should be ready to guide and counsel the students.
  • Should be morally upright and a God fearing person.
  • Should be ready to abide by Catholic Medical Ethics.
  • Should be a good team player ready to work even under pressure.

Application Process

If you are interested in this position, please send your application together with detailed updated curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates and testimonials to reach on or before, Tuesday 10th March 2020.

Applications should be addressed to:-

Principal Tutor,

Consolata Hospital Wamba Nursing School,

P.O. Box 49 – 20603

Wamba.

You can reach us on 0724176525/ or 0728 335662

OR e-Mail: cntswamba@gmail.com.

OR info@wambanursingschool.co.ke

Kindly include your email address and mobile number for quick response.

Hand Deliveries to be dropped at the reception at Consolata Hospital Wamba Nursing School.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission 2020 Medical Team Application Form

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission is responsible for co-ordinating, regulating and supervising Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria. As part of its mandate, the Commission organises pilgrimage programmes annually to the Holy Lands of Rome, Greece and Israel. The Commission recruits various medical personnel on adhoc and voluntary basis to provide medical services to pilgrims.

In pursuance to this goal, the Commission wishes to call for applications from qualified Christian Medical Personnel for the 2020 Federal Medical Team Examination.

Interested candidates aged 35 and above are to apply online through the Commission’s website www.ncpc.gov.ng/2020-Medical-application from 1st – 15th September, 2020.

The Exam is scheduled to take place on 3rd October, 2020 at the JAMB centres in selected states across the six geo-political zones. Further details are in the application form on the Commission’s website.

The examination fees for the various categories are:
                   Doctors: N15,000

                   Pharmacists: N13,000

                   Nurses & Others: N11,000

Possession of Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) training certificate is an added advantage. Candidates should also be in practice.

The online application and Examination is the only means through which candidates will be selected as members of the FMT. Kindly disregard calls or e-mails from persons asking for credentials and money to enrol on the team.

Federal Medical Team members that participated in the pilgrimage exercise in the 2018 and 2019 and those already serving a ban are not eligible to be part of the 2020 team and risk a ten-year ban should they choose to apply.

Those on the 2019 Federal Medical Team and are yet to travel need not re-apply.

Please note that only 1 Doctor, 1 Nurse will be selected from each state. 1 Pharmacist and Other Health Professionals will be selected from each geopolitical zone. Pass Mark is 70% for Doctors and Pharmacists and 60% for Nurses and Other Health Professionals.

Please Note this Application closes at 4pm on 15th September 2020.

Apply here https://ncpc.gov.ng/2020-medical-team-application

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission wishes to inform all applicants that applied for the 2020 Federal Medical Team Selection that the non-refundable examination fee as released by the Commission is as follows;

Doctors  –  ₦15,000

Pharmacists – ₦13,000

Nurses, Medical Lab Scientists & CHEW  –  ₦11,000

Those who have applied and are yet to make payments to continue with the payment process from now to 2nd of October 2020.

The fee is to be paid into the Commission’s account on Remita.


HOW TO GENERATE REMITA RETRIEVAL REFERENCE (RRR) AND MAKE PAYMENT

1. Visit www.remita.net
2. Click on “Pay a Federal Government Agency”
Name of MDA: Type “Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission”. Click on the suggestion that shows beneath the field

3. Name of Service: Select ADMINISTRATIVE FEE from the list
4. Description: 2020 Medical Examination Fee
5. Amount to pay: Enter the corresponding amount
6. Description: 2020 Medical Exam Fee
7. Payer’s Full Name: Fill in the field
8. Payer’s Phone: Fill in the field
9. Payer’s E-mail: Fill in the field
10. Select your desired mode of payment,
11. Check the “I’m not a robot” and Submit.

Print a copy of the invoice/RRR number generated.

Deadline for payment is now 2nd of October, 2020

The following are to be presented at the accreditation point:

1.    Evidence of Payment (Payment teller / Payment Receipt)

2.    Print out of application form

3.    Valid identification which must be one of the following

.. Driver’s license

.. Permanent Voter’s card

.. E-Passport

.. National ID Card

Please note that only shortlisted candidates (those that applied online and paid) will be accredited to write the examination

Inquiries to this mail can be sent to medical@ncpc.gov.ng or  ncpc.medical1@gmail.com

University of Portharcourt 2019 Internship Screening Update

Pls note that UPTH INTERNSHIP SCREENING TEST has been scheduled as follows; 21/10/2019 at School of Basic Studies Uniport Main Hall by 9AM.Thank you.MANAGEMENT

Federal Medical Centre Lokoja list of Successful Candidates 2019


Below is the list of successful applicants to Federal Medical Centre Lokoja2019. Congratulations to those who made the list



National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu 2019/2020 Internship Application

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates in the following internship positions

– Pharmacy Interns
– Medical Laboratory Interns
– Nursing Interns

ELIGIBILITY:
Interested candidates must possess a recognized degree or equivalent in their areas of specialization from a reputable University in Nigeria or abroad.

METHOD OF APPLICATION:

Candidates are required to apply manually to the Office of the medical director, attaching all necessary credentials.
We can also help you submit if you are not close or not disposed.

Requirements:
– Typed applications should be addressed to :

The Medical Director,
National Orthopaedic Hospital,
Enugu,
Enugu State.

– CV,
– Court affidavit of ‘no previous internship’
– License(s) ,
– Pharmacy oath(for pharmacy)
– Degree Certificate or Notification (Statement) of Results
– Waec / O’Level certificate
– First school leaving cert / Testimonial
– L. G. A Identification Letter
– Birth Certificate / Statutory Declaration of Age
– Passport Photograph.
– 3 recommendation letters(of which one must be from the dean of his departmentor faculty).

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria List of License Collection Point

The following packs of licenses for Schools, MOH and Hospitals will be available for collection at  NMCN,  Lagos, Port Harcourt, Bauchi, Kaduna,  Enugu and Sokoto Zonal Offices on Monday, 24/6/2019:

NMCN LAGOS:

1. SOM, Muslim Hosp Saki.

2. SOM, Eleyele.

3. SOM, EKSUTH, Ado-Ekiti.

4. SOM, Nigeria Army Hosp, Yaba.

5. SPBN (Orth), Igbobi.

6. SON, Eleyele, Ibadan.

7. SOM, BMC, Saki

8.SPBN (periop), UCH, Ibadan.

9. SON, BUTH, Ogbomoso.

10. SPBN (A/E), NOH, Igbobi.

11. SOM, LUTH, Idi-Araba.

12. SPBN (Periop), LUTH, Idi-Araba.

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

NMCN, Port Harcourt:

1. SPBN (Psy), Calabar.

2. SON, Port Harcourt.

3. SON, Anua-Uyo.

4. SPBN (PSY), Uselu.

5. SPBN (Periop), UBTH, Benin City.

6. SPBN (Periop), Irrua.

7. UBTH, Benin City (c/o Osian E.)

8. MOH, Asaba.

9. College of Health Tech Calabar (c/o Mrs Ogana) (RPHN).

10. Sch of Health Tech, Benin City (RPHN).

11. MOH, Uyo.

12. Inst of Health, UBTH, Benin City (RPHN).

13. MOH, Benin City.

14. SON, IUTH, Okada.

15. SON, Ogoja.

16. SPBN (Paed), UPTH, Port Harcourt.

17. SON, UBTH, Benin City.

18. SOM, UBTH, Benin City.

19. SOM, Uromi.

20. SOM, Port Harcourt.

21. SOM, Iquita-Oron.

22. SOM, Ituk-Mbang.

23. SON, Ogoja.

 NMCN, SOKOTO

1. SON, Sokoto.

2. SPBN (PSY), Kware, Sokoto.

3. SOM, Gusau.

4. SOM, Birnin-Kebbi.

5. SON, Birnin-Kebbi.

 NMCN, BAUCHI:

1. SON, Yola.

2. SON, ATBUTH, Bauchi.

3. SOM, ATBUTH, Bauchi.

4. SOM, Maiduguri.

5. SON, Maiduguri.

6. SPBN (Periop), UMTH, Maiduguri.

7. SOM, Vom.

8. SON, Jalingo.

9. SON, MMH, Jos.

10. SOM, Gombe.

11. SOM, Jalingo.

12.SOM, Our Lady of Apostle, Jos

13. SOM, Gombe.

14. SOM, MMH, Jos.

15. SOM, Vom.

NMCN ENUGU:

1. NAUTH (c/o Mrs Umobi), Nnewi.

2. MOH, Umuahia.

3. SON, Amachara.

4. SON,  ABSUTH, Aba.

7. SON, Ihiala.

8. SON, Iyi-Enu, Ogidi.

9. FETHA, Abakaliki (c/o Mrs Ikejiora).

10. FETHA, Abakaliki (c/o Mr. Agbowo).

11. SOM, UNTH, Enugu.

12. SON, Mbano.

13. NAUTH, Nnewi (c/o Mrs Odira C.)

14. SOM, Umuahia.

15. SOM, Emekuku (2 packs).

16. SOM, Waterside, Onitsha.

17. SON, Emekuku.

18. SON, Amaigbo.

19. SOM, ESUTH, Parklane.

NMCN KADUNA:

1. SPBN (Paed), ABUTH, Zaria.

2. SOM, Kano.

3. SOM, Dambata.

4. SPBN (PSY), Barnawa.

5. SPBN (Oph), ABUTH, Zaria.

6. SOM, Kafanchan.

7. SON, Kakuri, Kaduna

8. SPBN (ENT), Kaduna.

9. SPBN (Orth), Dala, Kano.

10. SPBN (Oph), NEC, Kaduna.

11. SPBN (Anaest), ABUTH, Zaria.

12. SON, Kafanchan

Thank you.

Emmanuel  Udontre (Mr.)

For: Secretary-General/Registrar