New process for nurses and midwives trained overseas will register hundreds each year

Published on 27 August 2014

Changes to the way we register nurses and midwives from overseas

Nurses and midwives who completed their training outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will soon be subject to new assessments of the eligibility to gain entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register. The new registration system, to be introduced this autumn, has already been adopted by other healthcare profession regulators. It will ensure that the hundreds of nurses and midwives who trained overseas and wish to practise in the UK are assessed in a robust and objective way, in order to protect the public.

The NMC’s registration data reveals that nearly 5,000 people who trained outside the EEA have registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council over the last five years. The majority of nurses and midwives who trained overseas come from India, the Philippines and Australia.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“This approach to overseas registration is an internationally recognised and rigorous way of ensuring that those applying for registration who trained overseas are able to practise safely and effectively in the UK. The new process further demonstrates our continued commitment to making sure public protection remains at the heart of the systems and processes we use to maintain the register and reputation of the nursing and midwifery professions.

“The new system will not replace the need for employers to ensure that the staff they recruit display the behaviours, skills and knowledge necessary for the specific role to which they are recruited, and provide further support and development as required.”

At the heart of the new registration process will be a test of competence. This will consist of two parts: a multiple choice scenario-based secure computer-based examination and a practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The competence test will assess applicants against the NMC’s standards for pre registration education.

More detail about the new registration process is available in the overseas registration guide.

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