Newly Qualified Overseas Nurses Can Now Apply To UK Register
27 September 2018

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Whether you’re a nurse from outside the EU or you’re interested in changing policies regarding requirements for working in UK healthcare – it’s good news all round this week.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that their requirement for nurses from outside the EU to have worked for at least a year after becoming fully qualified has been ditched. This means that overseas nurses can immediately start work in the UK after qualifying.


Emma Broadbent, NMC registration director, according to RCNI, has said:

“This change will remove an unnecessary barrier, making it as simple as possible for nursing and midwifery staff from outside the EU to join the workforce.”

The change has been made to better accommodate overseas nurses in the UK, and we’d hope, as means of improving the nursing crisis in the NHS.

Recent research has discovered that in the UK one in four nurses drops out before graduating. Figures provided by 55 out of 74 universities found that students were experiencing financial difficulties alongside feeling that the profession made them 'cheap labour'. To combat the issues that the healthcare system is facing, increasing the number of overseas nurses would help eradicate the current shortage. A new English test specialising in healthcare specific language has also had a much higher success rate with overseas nurses coming in to the UK than other previous tests.

The NMC has put in new guidance policies to assist with non-EU nurses in completing the English tests and to prove that they can safely practise in the UK.

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Emma Broadbent of NMC also said: “More than 65,000 nurses and midwives from outside the EU deliver first-class care to millions of people across the UK every year and they are a vital part of our health and care workforce.

This change will remove an unnecessary barrier, making it as simple and straightforward as possible for highly skilled nursing and midwifery staff to join the workforce.”

If you’re a nurse from within the UK or an overseas nurse looking to share their talents here, what effect do you think that the above changes will have on our healthcare system? Are there any elements of this process that you think could have a negative impact? Share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Alternatively, if you’re on the hunt for a nursing role in the UK with excellent pay, and heaps of benefits then check out our current vacancies.

Here are the rewards packages we offer with each role in private healthcare:

• Free learning and development
• Automatic enrolment into our profit share scheme
• Access to childcare vouchers
• A range of holiday, retail and leisure discounts
• Nurse Mentor and Refer a Friend bonus schemes
• Offer to pay Tier 2 visa application fee for eligible nurses


You can also drop a line to and chat with our Resource Administrator Dione Riach about our opportunities, or give her a call on 0141 212 5130.

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