All three OSCE test centres in the UK are currently open.

The safety of candidates and test centre staff remains a priority for us and the centres will continue to operate in line with Covid-secure measures.

We're closely monitoring any restrictions and their impact on OSCE test centres, and there may be some changes to your booking as a result.

Check this page for the latest updates.

If you've booked your OSCE

Check for emails from your test centre

Your test centre will email you if they need to make any changes to your OSCE booking. Check your email inbox and junk folders for this.

Please do not contact your test centre or reply to their emails if it's not urgent. They're dealing with a high volume of emails at the moment, and they will contact you if there are any changes to your booking that you need to be aware of.

Test before you travel

Please do a lateral flow test before travelling to your test centre.

If you feel unwell or your test is positive, you must not travel. Please also check the government requirements for travelling to ensure you can meet these for your testing destination.

Getting your results

We're prioritising testing to keep any disruption to a minimum. However, you may experience a delay in receiving your OSCE results by up to 7 working days.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Keeping safe

Making sure people feel safe and supported when taking their OSCE has been a key consideration in all of our risk assessments.

Some of the safety measures we've introduced at test centres include:

  • asking candidates to complete a new health declaration to confirm they are fit and well before attending a test centre
  • testing candidates in a single bay with the same examiner throughout the OSCE test
  • adopting a one way system to carefully manage the flow of staff and candidates.

You can find out more about these safety measures by watching this short safety briefing video or by visiting the relevant test centre website.

ID checks

It's possible that an NMC ID Officer might not be working on the day of your OSCE due to health or travel restrictions. If this is the case we'll ask you to leave your documents with us so we can process them.

We will store them securely and return them to you via Royal Mail Special Delivery within five working days.

If you require your ID for a flight, the test centre will take a copy of this document and return the original to you on the same day as your OSCE.

If you're on the Covid-19 temporary register

We're extremely grateful for the contribution of candidates on the temporary register.

Now that our OSCE test centres are open, you can now book your OSCE to progress with your application to be accepted onto our permanent register. 

Once you join the permanent register, you will no longer have conditions on your practice.

Can I stay on the Covid-19 temporary register if I fail an OSCE?

You do not need to pass the OSCE to remain on the Covid-19 temporary register, but we need to put measures in place to ensure that you are safe to practise while on the temporary register if you fail your OSCE.

You're allowed to remain on the Covid-19 temporary register if you fail your OSCE up to two times. Your employer will be notified and reminded of their responsibilities to apply the conditions of practice.

However, you will be considered under our formal temporary registration removal process if:

  • you fail a third OSCE, or
  • your first or second attempt resulted in a failure that led the OSCE assessment team to raise serious concerns about your clinical competence.

Your employer will also be notified in line with that process.