Consultation: test for overseas trained nurses and midwives

This consultation has now closed and we have published the results

This consultation closed at noon on Thursday 31 October 2013.

Details of the consultation can be found below.

Nurses and midwives who gain their qualification overseas in the non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) make a valued contribution to healthcare in the United Kingdom (UK).

To be eligible to practise in the UK, overseas nurses and midwives must first demonstrate that they are capable of safe and effective practice to meet the requirement for entry onto our register.

We are currently undertaking a review of our registration processes. As part of this review, the NMC's Council agreed to consult on the introduction of a mandatory test of clinical competence for overseas trained nurses and midwives.

In this consultation we asked for your views on:

  • The principles underpinning the competency test.
  • The requirement for entry to the test.
  • The content and structure of the test.
  • The management and delivery of the test.
  • How the test should be funded.

You can now read the report of the results of the consultation 

Background information and consultation document