Overseas Nurse Recruitment

INTERNATIONAL NURSE RECRUITMENT

THE LANGUAGE

OF NURSING IS UNIVERSAL

Are you looking for an opportunity to work in the UK as a Nurse?

We welcome your knowledge and experience at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT.  Our multicultural hospital Trust has extensive experience in working with, supporting and developing international nurses.

Wherever your passion lies we can find the right role for you. Whether this is Cardiology or Orthopaedics, Diabetes or Oncology, you will be welcomed into a friendly and supportive environment, giving you the opportunity to provide outstanding patient care. To find out more about our Hospital Trust please click here.

As well as being an “A rated” immigration sponsor, we have a dedicated onboarding team that will guide you through the process of applying to work in the UK and who will support you through every step of the recruitment process.

Once you are ready to travel our team will support you with all of the arrangements. We’ll help you settle by assisting with your accommodation, helping you set up a UK bank account, introduce you to the local area and introduce you to the team you’ll be working with.  We’ll also give you a generous relocation allowance of up to £4000 pro rata to assist with the financial side of relocating.

In the early stages of your Northern Lincolnshire and Goole career, you will be invited to our bespoke nursing preceptorship. This unique programme backed by our Chief Nurse ensures all of our clinical processes and procedures are streamlined and that nurses have a comprehensive introduction to nursing at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust is set on the east coast of England benefiting from excellent coastal attractions and the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. We are in close proximity to a number of major northern cities – with excellent travel links to the rest of the UK. For more information on living, working and experiencing Northern Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire please click here.

For more information on working for us as a nurse please contact nlg-tr.wearerecruiting@nhs.net

The following guide has been prepared to simplify the requirements of working in the UK as a nurse.

To work in the UK as a doctor there are a few requirements needed from both a visa and medical perspective. These include:

We also offer information about the roles of a pre-registered nurse and a registered nurse:

Work in the UK as a NurseLANGUAGE TESTING

Within the UK, evidence of acceptable English language skills is a requirement for applicants and international graduates seeking professional registration. There are two types of language tests.

You must pass one of the following English language tests:

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

or

The Occupational English Tests (OET)

We’ll provide information about each test below.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

IELTS test scores remain valid for two years. There is no limit to the number of times candidates can sit the IELTS exam but the required scores must be obtained in a single sitting.

The test consists of four sections:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading.

A score of 7 is required in order to work within the NHS on the academic test – not the general version. A minimum score of 7.0 must be achieved in each section, except writing were the requirement is 6.5.

The NMC will only accept the IELTS Academic test. You must ensure it is the UK VI IELTS for Visa Immigration purposes.

The test can be taken in a number of locations worldwide, for more information please visit:

www.ielts.org

Occupational English Test (OET)

The Occupational English Test is a newer alternative to the IELTS.

The test is more focused on healthcare language and scenarios than the more general english language question in the IELTS. The OET is accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, however candidates must also complete the IELTS for UKVI as part of their visa application and score a 4.0 for each section.

Like the IELTS, the OET tests against the same 4 sections:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading.

Candidates must score at least a ‘B’ in each section.

For more information please visit the Occupational English Test’s website here:

www.occupationalenglishtest.org

Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK. Anyone intending to practice nursing in the UK will be required to register with the NMC.

The requirements for registration in the UK will depend upon a number of factors:

  • If you were trained inside the UK
  • If you were trained inside the EU or EEA
  • If you were trained outside the EU or EEA
  • Evidence of your level of English language competence – for those trained outside of UK.
  • Test of Competence & The Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) – for those trained outside of EU/EEA

You will need to ensure that you provide all the required information to the NMC depending upon your application status, full details can be found on the NMC website.

Support will be offered from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT to assist in the completion of your application.

More information about NMC registration is available on the NMC website at:

www.nmc.org.uk

General enquiries and fitness to practice: 020 7637 7181
Registration enquiries: 020 7333 9333
International enquiries: 020 7333 6600

Applying for a Visa

UK immigration uses a points -based system for managing applications by individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland wishing to work, train or study in the UK. This system simplifies routes to employment and education in the UK to five tiers.

If you come from outside the EEA, you need to gain points to qualify for a specific tier before you can apply to work in the UK. The number of points required varies for each tier but reflect the applicants’ qualifications, experience, age, previous earnings and language competence.

Nurses would need to apply for a visa under tier 2. Tier 2 is for skilled workers. This category enables NHS organisations to recruit individuals from outside the EEA to fill vacancies that cannot be filled by a British or EEA worker.

You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if:

  • You’ve been offered a skilled job in the UK
  • You’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

Getting Sponsored

You need to be employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust is a licensed sponsor and will be able assist you with your application.

How long it will take

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Fees

How much you pay for a Tier 2 (General) visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.

For more information on the fees that apply, your eligibility and the documents you must provide please visit the UK’s Visa and Immigration website at: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

The Process of Applying from inside the EU

Nurses who have trained in the European Economic Area (EEA) and want to work in the UK as a nurse must gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The NMC require applicants to have an English Language Qualification; this will be in the form of either a Nursing Degree taken and examined in English (a minimum of 75% of practice and interactions must be done in English); a Level 7 IELTS or Grade B OET (IELTS and OET are English Language Tests recognised by the NMC).

Please contact us for more information about joining us from within the EU.

The step by step process for applying from inside the EU:

  1. Qualification recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  2. Interview and offer made
  3. Occupational English Test (OET) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) achieved
  4. Application & documents submitted to the NMC
  5. Receive your NMC PIN
  6. Arrive in the UK
  7. Start work as a registered nurse (Band 5).

Work in the UK as a NurseThe Process of Applying from Outside the EU

The Trust has introduced an Overseas Incentive Scheme to help prospective candidates gain employment with us.

Nurses who have trained outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and want to work in the UK as a nurse must gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Applicants must have an appropriate nursing qualification – further information about accepted qualifications can be found on page 9 of the following document:

Accepted NMC Qualifications – Outside the EU

Applicants are also tested for competence through a two-part process to gain registration.

Part one – computer-based multiple-choice examination which is accessible around the world for applicants to access in their home countries.

Part two – practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) which will always be held in the UK.

In addition to this, candidates need to have an English Language Qualification; this will be in the form of either a Nursing Degree taken and examined in English; a Level 7 IELTS or Grade B OET (IELTS and OET are English Language Tests recognised by the NMC).

The IELTS/OET and OSCE are quite costly elements of the registration process, therefore the Trust will fund both of these elements to alleviate this financial pressure from the candidate. (IELTS/OET will be on a reimbursement basis as the candidate will take this in their home country). Note, if the Nursing Degree is taken and examined in English and at least 75% of interactions with patients and their families are in English, there will be no requirement for IELTS/OET.

In addition to this, candidates need to have an English Language Qualification; this will be in the form of either a Nursing Degree taken and examined in English; a Level 7 IELTS or Grade B OET (IELTS and OET are English Language Tests recognised by the NMC).

The IELTS/OET and OSCE are quite costly elements of the registration process, therefore the Trust will fund both of these elements to alleviate this financial pressure from the candidate. (IELTS/OET will be on a reimbursement basis as the candidate will take this in their home country). Note, if the Nursing Degree is taken and examined in English and at least 75% of interactions with patients and their families are in English, there will be no requirement for IELTS/OET.

Immigration Rules

Employers must ensure that before a certificate of sponsorship is applied
for:

  • the individual has passed part one of the NMC test of competence
  • the individual has been issued with an offer of employment, and
  • the individual has achieved the required level of language capability.

The immigration rules changed in March 2015 to allow for an individual nurse to come to the UK to prepare for the OSCE. An individual entering the UK to take a nursing role has up to three months from the employment start date noted on the certificate of sponsorship (CoS) to sit the OSCE exam. During this period they can be legally employed as a pre-registration candidate.

The Trust will do all it can to ensure that the nurse is well prepared and supported during the OSCE stage. Our dedicated members of the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) team will work closely with the individual during this period and ensure they have access to the relevant documents/online support. In addition, the training provider also provides access to their internal learning platform which holds a range of useful information and preparation materials to support and prepare them for the exam.

The step by step process for applying from outside the EU:

  1. Qualification recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  2. Interview and offer made
  3. Occupational English Test (OET) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) achieved
  4. Application & documents submitted to the NMC and Computer Based Test (CBT) completed
  5. Apply for your Visa with the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) we’ll supply you with
  6. Arrive in the UK
  7. Work as a pre-registered nurse – whilst training for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). You’ll have 12 weeks to pass this from your start date
  8. Take the OSCE Exam – You are allowed to take the OSCE exam 3 times if you fail at first
  9. Receive your NMC PIN
  10. Start work as a registered nurse.

The Role of a Pre-Registered Nurse

When you begin work with Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, you will begin your career as an Unregistered Nurse. As an unregistered nurse you will still work directly with patients providing care, but until you are registered with the NMC you will be unable to administer any forms of medication.

Following successful completion of your language tests and registration with the NMC you will then practice as a fully registered nurse and join our wider registered nursing teams across our Hospital Trust.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • As a pre-registered nurse – pending qualification and professional registration – you are personally accountable for your practice whilst strictly adhering to the restricted practice put in place until you receive your NMC PIN number
  • Support the registered nurse to develop and implement a plan of care, which is evidence based and planned in partnership with the patient wherever possible
  • Support the registered nurse to evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing care provided and makes adjustments to the care plan as delegated by the registered nurse, reporting changes as necessary to the registered nurse
  • Maintain clinical records in accordance with NMC ‘Guidelines on Record Keeping’ and Trust policies

  • Support the registered nurse in ensuring that multi-disciplinary care programs as identified through ward rounds or multi-disciplinary meetings are implemented where delegated by the registered nurse
  • Ensure medicines are stored in accordance with Trust Medicines Code and NMC Guidelines for the Administration of Medicines. The unregistered nurse may not administer or act as second checker for medications in any circumstances
  • Perform required clinical procedures (including specialty specific procedures) competently under the supervision of the registered nurse and Trust guidelines
  • Use clinical equipment under the supervision of the registered nurse, undertaking relevant training as required, until competent and skilled to use it without the need for supervision
  • Support the registered nurse to undertake the management of the care of a group of patients over a period of time, organising appropriate support services.

Please note: This job description is an outline only and is not definitive or restrictive in any way. It will be regularly reviewed and may be amended in the light of changing circumstances, following consultation with the post holder.

The Role of a Registered Nurse

As a band 5 registered nurse you will be working as part of a ward based team, responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care.

You will be responsible for allocating and checking the work of junior staff and health care assistance.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • As a registered nurse you will be personally accountable for their practice and must adhere to the NMC standards expected.
  • Maintain your own professional development through ongoing education and development, ensuring that PREP requirements are met together with all mandatory training.
  • Undertake comprehensive and holistic assessment of the patient’s nursing care needs
  • Use assessment to develop a plan of care, which is evidence based and planned in partnership with the patient wherever possible
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing care provided and make adjustments to the care plan as necessary
  • Maintain clinical records in accordance with NMC ‘Guidelines on Record Keeping’ and Trust policies
  • Ensure that multi-disciplinary care programs as identified through ward rounds or multi-disciplinary meetings are implemented
  • Ensure medicines are stored, supplied and administered in accordance with Trust Medicines Code and NMC Guidelines for the Administration of Medicines and maintain own competence in this respect, reporting any learning needs to Ward Manager.
  • Perform required clinical procedures (including speciality specific procedures) competently
  • Ensure appropriate and timely communication with patients and relatives/carers, advising, instructing and supporting them as needed and making use of support systems as appropriate (e.g. interpreters, chaplaincy)
  • Undertake the management of the care of a group of patients over a period of time, organising appropriate support services.
  • Demonstrate and teach nursing procedures to other staff, students (including post registration students) and patients as necessary.

Please note: This job description is an outline only and is not definitive or restrictive in any way.

It will be regularly reviewed and may be amended in the light of changing circumstances, following consultation with the post holder.

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