United Kingdom
Aspects of living and working in the United Kingdom

Living and Working in the United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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Frequently Asked Questions - United Kingdom

Why should I go to work in the UK?

Benefits include the following:

  • Newly qualified nurses welcome
  • Salary assessed on your experience and qualification
  • Excellent Sterling Salary
  • Subsidised accommodation
  • Educational Opportunities available
  • Free Flight From point of hire
  • Easy access to European Destinations
  • Great Music, Theatre & Cultural Events
  • Countless Shopping Opportunities

What type of license do I need to work as a nurse?

To work as a Nurse in the UK you must register with The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

What is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the statutory regulatory body for nursing, midwifery and health visiting in the United Kingdom. All nurses who trained outside the UK need to be registered with the NMC in order to practice as a nurse in the UK.

All applications for NMC registration are assessed on an individual basis in terms of experience and education. www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/

How do I apply for NMC registration?

In order to register you must be able to speak and communicate in English. Evidence of this is accepted in the following formats:

You also need to have worked as a fully licenced and registered nurse for a minimum of 12 months and have the evidence to support this (in certain circumstances, for a complete list of requirements visit NMC Registration). Additionally, if you want to work in a specific area of nursing, your experience/evidence should reflect your expertise in this area.

The application process
You will initially have to complete an eligibility test to ensure you meet their minimum requirements. Once these have been confirmed, you will be expected to pay for and complete a test of competence, consisting of two parts:

  • A multiple-choice exam you can complete online at test centres in your country. On completing this you will have to provide identification and proof of your registration for everywhere you have worked, also including your valid references.
  • The next part of the process is essentially a test of your skills and competence. This is known as an Objective-Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and has to be completed in the UK. Here you will face a series of mock scenarios which you are likely to encounter at work. You will be assessed over a period of time and there are six stations for you to deal with. You will only pass if you safely meet the required standards.

ID Checks

A face-to-face ID check will take place at the OSCE location on the same day as the assessment. You will need to bring all the original documents that you have uploaded as supporting evidence for your application.

After successfully passing the assessments & ID Check, applicants can complete the final declaration and submit payment for registration online. Once both have been received you will be sent your registration number or PIN.

Jobs and visas

After you’ve received your pin and have a job, you must apply for and then receive a valid work visa to ensure you can legally work in the UK. Visa requirements are subject to change to keep up to date visit the below websites

What is the standard working week in the UK?

For nurses the standard week is 37.5 hrs. However this increases with night duty etc.

What will my salary be?

Salaries are graded. They are dependent on experience, location and number of years qualified. More information about UK salaries can be found here.

Is accommodation easy to find and how much would one expect to pay?

Accommodation prices in London can be expensive and prospective candidates should shop around. Rents vary depending on size and location.

In any area there will be wide variations due to factors such as the quality and condition of the accommodation, distance from public transport and shops, local amenities and the general nature of the locale. London is a very large city and there is a wide variety of accommodation types. Below are some links to accommodation.

What public transport is available in the UK?

London’s internal transport infrastructure is both large and complex, but it needs to be, as millions of people live and work in London, and mainly use Public Transport to get around.

The choice is as extensive as in any other major international city. The Underground (Tube) is the cornerstone and most areas have a local tube station, whilst on the roads above, the big red Double Decker Buses and the famous Black Cabs get people to the places that the tube cannot reach.

The smart way to travel is to buy a London Visitor Travelcard. These are available for 3, 4 or 7 consecutive days. The card can be used on the Underground, the red double-decker busses, and the Dockland Light Railway for the full ticket.

The Central Zone Travelcard covers London’s two inner zones. The All-Zone Travelcard covers all six zones, transfers to Heathrow Airport and travel on the Docklands Light Railway.

Useful Links

All Embassies in UK

The Nursing and Midwifery Council