UK hospitals and care homes are always recruiting nurses from within the UK and abroad. I have been working as a nurse here in the England for more than five years now, and there’s not a day that they’re not hiring nurses, for NHS and private hospitals to care homes.
I see these news and blog posts on the internet all the time on how the UK needs more Filipino nurses, but to be fair, they’re not just looking for Filipino nurses… but any nurses or midwives from any other country who are willing to work in the United Kingdom, and are prepared to go through the process of fulfilling all their requirements.
My friends and relatives in the Philippines often asks me for help on how to get a nursing job in the UK, and I always answer the same things. First, you’ll need to have at least one year nursing job experience; Second, you’ll need to passed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with 7.0 minimum; Third, you’ll need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), part of NMC’s requirements, are the first two things I’ve mentioned. NMC is the statutory body in the UK that regulates nursing and midwifery profession with a stated aim to protect the health and wellbeing of the public. It also maintains a register of all nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practice in the UK. It sets and reviews standards for their education, training, conduct and performance, and also investigates allegations of impaired fitness to practice. Basically, No NMC registration and pin, means you can’t work legally as a nurse or midwife anywhere in the UK. The recruitment agencies had to be 100% percent sure that you’re a qualified nurse with experience and is able to speak English. Next, you’ll need to look for recruitment agency/agencies who offers assistance with NMC application process, OH clearances, visa applications and sponsorship certificates. All you’ll need to do is again to prove to them again that you have obtained 4 years nursing or midwifery degree level qualification, have at least 1 year post registration work experience and have passed the IELTS. Those three requirements, if fulfilled, apart from being very appealing to the recruitment agencies, it will help you with speedy application process with NMC as well.
From October 2014 the only route to registration for all nurses (and midwives) trained outside the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA) with the NMC, is through the 2-part application process. Applicants must complete a self-assessment online of their eligibility to apply prior to beginning the application process, in which you’ll need to create a user registration account directly on NMC website.
Once you’ve have passed the eligibility assessment, you’ll then need to take Part-1 of the application process, a computer-based multiple choice examination which will be accessible in many countries around the world for applicants to access in their home countries. The Part-2 is a practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) which will always be held in the UK. The OSCE will stimulate a clinical environment and patient scenarios which registered nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Please visit the NMC website for the fees and all the detailed information about the stages of the application process.
Here are a few agencies here in the UK who are recruiting nurses and midwives internationally. Medicare Staffing Ltd, Job Connections, Pure Health Staffing Limited, Drake International. But remember to double check with the governing body in you’re country who supervised and monitor recruitment agencies (i.e. POEA), wether they’re legit or not before you submit your CV or getting in touch with these people to avoid being conned. And remember, before other people or agency can help you, you’ll have to fulfil things at your end first.
I hope you’ll find this post helpful, and I wish you all the best of luck! If you have any questions, please feel free to drop a comment below.