NMC announces two new tests for overseas applicants

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) today announced additional steps it is taking to strengthen registration of overseas nurses and midwives.

The NMC's Council has agreed to consult on the introduction of a mandatory test of clinical competence for overseas applicants. This test is likely to take a year to introduce following consultation and test design. The NMC will also introduce face to face identity checks for overseas applicants, which is likely to take at least two months to introduce.

This is the latest stage in a review of registration processes to ensure they are as robust as possible.

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said

“The vast majority of overseas nurses and midwives deliver care to a good standard but we have been clear that all our registration processes must be suitable and effective.”

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