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Working as a Nurse in the UK: FAQ’s

December 16, 2016

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The United Kingdom (UK) offers many job and career opportunities for overseas or internationally educated nurses. However, when it comes to finding a nursing job in the UK, a lot of questions remain unanswered.

After completing the nursing study program, you might be looking for opportunities to find a job in countries like the UK. There are still a number of things that will make your efforts easier in finding the right job opportunity. Let us help you with answers to the most frequently asked questions about working as a nurse in the UK.

How do you register as a nurse in the country?

Aspirants can start by registering themselves with the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK Registration (NMC) and its Overseas Nurses Program (ONP).

Am I eligible to apply?

Based on your qualifications, training and experience, you may be eligible to apply. Nurses need three years of specialist pre-registration education and practice to apply. For specific information about eligibility, you can refer to the NMC registration requirements for nurses’ website.

Do I have to take a test?

Nurses have to go through a computer-based test (held in different countries across the world) and then the objective structure clinical examination (OSCE), which is held only in the UK, to work as a nurse in the UK.

What are the English language requirements?

Nurses need an overall IELTS score of 7.0. Aspirants must provide two IELTS test certificates and they must not have scored below 6.5 in any category.

In which field can I practice?

There are four fields of nursing in the UK– mental health, learning disabilities, children’s,and adult nursing.

What are Bands 5, 6 and 7?

They are the system of pay bands used in the country.For band 5, the salary is from £21,909 to £28,462. For band 6, it is from £26,302 to £35,225, and for band 7; it is from £31,383 to £41,373.

What is the average salary for nurses in the UK?

Approximately, £23,200 is the average salary of a registered nurse in the country. Depending on the location, qualification, specialty and skills, nurses can earn even better wages.

Where can I get a job?

Nurses can get a jobin various healthcare centers including National Health Service (NHS), private hospitals, schools & universities, and nursing homes.

How can I get a visa to work in the UK?

To get awork permit and visa in the country, nurses need to be sponsored by their employer.

What if I don’t have sponsorship?

Nurses can travel to the UK to take the OSCE by gettinga visitor visa, which will allow them to enter the country for a six-month period.

How can my family get visas?

Nurses’ families can travel with the candidate by obtaining appropriate visas depending on their relationships with them.

Will my children get free schooling?

Depending on a nurse’s immigration status, their children may be eligible to attend a free state-funded school.

If you have more queries and need answers from someone who can really help you find the right job opportunity, head straight to the NURSES4UK program offered by INSCOL.

Author – Reeva Paul

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