The Nursing and Midwifery Council UK has recently announced it is launching a new faster and easier application process on Monday October 7, 2019, below is everything you need to know about this new process as outlined by UK NMC on her website.
Since the start of 2018 we’ve been working with our partners to review and improve the way we assess professionals with qualifications from outside the EU when they want to come and work in the UK as nurses, midwives and nursing associates.
Our process needs to ensure that the professionals coming onto our register can meet our high standards, but we know that it can be long, costly and complicated.
We’ve made a number of improvements over the last year, such as reducing the cost of our test of competence and changing our English language requirements.
Building on these changes, we’ve developed a new, streamlined overseas registration process.
We launched this for nursing associates in January 2019 and we’re introducing it for nurses and midwives on Monday 7 October 2019.
Why we’re carrying out a review
We want to enable those who meet our requirements to join our register as efficiently as possible.
Unnecessary delay in registration means that applicants can’t practise their chosen profession and this could put them at risk of losing work or, sometimes, having to return home.
We’re making our application process simpler and quicker for candidates by improving our guidance and automating as much of the process as possible.
We’re building on the changes we’ve made so far to introduce an application process that is simpler and quicker for candidates.
We plan to launch a new, streamlined overseas registration process for nurses and midwives on Monday 7 October 2019.
New online application form
We’re moving our online application form into NMC Online to make it more straightforward to apply. Candidates will get their own NMC Online account where they’ll be able to track their application’s progress throughout.
Instead of having to download and post paper forms to us, candidates will be able to complete their application and upload supporting documents online.
We’ll also be able to ask their referees for supporting declarations directly to cut down on having to go back and forth to get things right.
We’ve considered our current registration requirements for nurses and midwives against the evidence we need to allow us to assess each candidate’s ability to practise safely and effectively.
Where we can, we’ve streamlined these requirements while making sure that we still have good levels of assurance over a candidate’s competence.
Our identity requirements provide continued assurance that the person applying to the register is who they say they are.
Candidates under the new process will need to provide:
1. A valid passport
2. A vidence of name changes, if relevant
3.Under the current process candidates are required to provide their birth certificate as well.
Our eligibility criteria under the new process recognises that candidates are trained, qualified professionals.
under the new process will need to provide a qualification certificate
for each part of the register that they are applying for, rather than
full transcripts and a form to accompany the transcript of training.
Registration in a candidate’s country of training is no longer a pre-requisite for entry into the UK register. This brings overseas candidates in line with the UK application process.
If they’re registered or have been before, we’ll ask for confirmation from their relevant regulator.
If they haven’t been registered, we’ll ask for confirmation from both their training institute and the relevant regulator that the qualification would lead to registration to the equivalent part of the register they are applying for.
Under the current process candidates are required to provide certification from each country they have been registered.
We‘ve brought the health declaration in line with our revised health and character guidance.
Candidates under the new process will be asked to declare whether they’re capable of safe and effective practice. This might include where they have a health condition and/or disability that is being managed.
If a candidate declares a health condition and/or disability that is being managed, we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from either their medical practitioner or occupational health department.
Under the current process, all candidates are required to provide a good health declaration from their medical practitioner.
Candidates under the new process will be asked to provide a supporting declaration about their character.
If they’re registered or have been in the last three years, we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from their current or most recent regulator.
If they haven’t been registered in the last three years, but have previously held registration we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from their most recent regulator, but we’ll also need a more recent supporting declaration as well.
In this instance, and for those who have never held registration before, they’ll need to provide a different supporting character declaration. Depending on the candidate’s circumstances, we may ask for this from their training institute, former healthcare employer, NMC or other UK healthcare registrant.
We’ve also aligned our police clearance requirements with UK Visas and Immigration requirements. This means that candidates under the new process will need to provide:
1. A police clearance from each country that they have lived in for 12 months in the past ten years while over the age of 18
2. A UK DBS certificate if they’ve been in the UK more than three months at the time of their application
Under the current process candidates are required to provide a certificate of good standing from each country (or state) where they practised and/or been registered.
There is no change to the English language requirements.
Improved guidance and support
We’re redesigning the way we present guidance on our website so that candidates, and those who support them, have a better understanding of our requirements, what we ask for and why, and the process they can expect to follow.
This information will be clearer, easy to read and accessible across a range of devices.
We’re also creating a pre-application checklist tool for candidates to check how ready they are to apply and see what evidence they need to prepare. They’ll be able to download and share their checklist results with others, like employers or recruiters.
New test of competence
Early in 2020 we’re launching a new test of competence in line with our future nurse standards. The company that is designing the new test will produce a range of materials to help candidates prepare.
We’re also creating a new ‘assurance panel’ to oversee the quality and consistency of the test – this will be made up of a group of experienced nurses, midwives and other health and care professionals.
What we’ve changed so far
Where we could do so quickly and safely, we’ve already acted on feedback and made improvements to the process.
Test of competence
Updated OSCE resit policy – candiates now only have to re-sit the part of the OSCE that they failed
Improved preparation materials – we’ve aligned OSCE preparation materials across our three test sites, produced ‘top tips’ for candidates and introduced a mock examination and marking criteria to support candidates preparing for the OSCE examination
Reduced cost – we reduced the overall cost of the test of competence by more than 20 percent – the cost of the CBT reduced from £130 to £90; the full cost of OSCE from £992 to £794 and the resit cost of the OSCE from £496 to £397
Updated English language requirements – we now accept an overall score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7.0 in listening, reading and speaking
Removed 12 months’ post registration experience requirement