Overseas Nurses recruitment and OSCE preparation

Overseas Nurses recruitment and OSCE preparation

What are the legal requirements for working as an overseas nurse in the UK?

You can currently work in UK as a registered nurse with the following requirements:

• EU citizen: as long as you hold an EU passport you will have direct access to work with us at St Georges

• Non EU citizens: We will need to apply for a certificate of sponsorship for you to be able to work with us. It can be quite a lengthy process but we have experience of making these types of applications and our friendly and supportive HR team will be able to make the process as seamless and smooth as possible, giving you advice where it is needed

For all EU nurses there will be a requirement to pass an IELTS or OETS exam before you are able to register and apply for your PIN with the NMC

For all Non EU Nurses, you will need to pass your IELTS or OETS exam and CBT before you can commence the process of uploading your documents to the NMC website and apply for your PIN

EU citizens who arrive here after 29 March 2019 are likely to need to register and can then stay for five years ‘working, studying or being self-sufficient’ to qualify to apply for indefinite leave to remain, part of the process of becoming a UK citizen

EU citizens who have been continually living in the EU for five years by 29 March 2019 will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled’ status

Which are the requirements from the Nursing and Midwifery council for registering as a nurse in UK?

This link states all the specific requirements from the NMC for Overseas Nurses to register in UK. (PDF)

There’s more information available regarding this topic in the NMC website

If you’ve got any concerns or queries regarding the NMC registration process, do not hesitate getting in touch with the Overseas Nurse Preceptor.

How do I apply?

If you wish to apply for a job with St Georges NHS Trust from Overseas please, complete the Online Application form available for downloading in the link below and send it to the following address with a copy of your CV.

Ruth Fernandez
Overseas Nurse Preceptor
Direct contact number: 020 8672 6329 / Bleep: 6194
Email: [email protected]

Online application form (Word)

Then the Overseas Nurse Preceptor will contact you personally and find out about your area preferences and personal circumstances.

Please, be aware that we will only be able to offer you an interview if you have already passed the English test obtaining the required score and started your NMC online application process.

• If you currently live overseas, we can arrange an interview by Skype.

• If you are living in the UK, or visiting, we would love to meet you for an interview here.

We also hold Open Days for nurses to look around our main hospital site, meet other nurses, and be interviewed if they wish to apply for a job

What can we offer if you decide to apply with us?

St Georges NHS Trust offers a residential accommodation which is available to staff and let on 6 month assured shorthold tenancies.

Prices below include all utility bills and Council tax. Please, be aware that there’s an internet service available but its cost is not included in the monthly rent fee.

· En suite room in a 4 bed flat share £555.65
· En suite room in a 3 bed flat share £562.41

You would be allocated in either a 4 bedroom flat or a 3 bedroom flat depending on availability.

Overseas Nurses request for accommodation have got high priority but please, if you will require this service upon arrival let the Overseas Nurse Preceptor know as soon as possible so the necessary arrangements can be done with enough time.

You can find more information about the staff accommodation in this link. (PDF)

Other benefits of joining our team will be:

– Shopping voucher for more than 20 different shops located around the hospital area such as Primark, Argos or H&M.
– Free library access
– Pension scheme
– Flexible working hours
– Internal transfer possibilities
– Personal development and training opportunities

You can find more information regarding St Georges NHS Trust staff benefits in this link.

Will I be able to develop my skills and career?

We offer a wide range of education, training and development opportunities from the moment you join us (we are a leading teaching hospital and share our main hospital site with St George’s University of London), including

• Ongoing in-house courses and study days
• Innovative Band 5 to 7 development pathway
• Simulator training – latest facilities at St Georges University on site
• Opportunities to apply for post-graduate courses
• Support and advice from dedicated Practice Educator
• Internal transfer program- available after one year of permanency in the initial placement if you wished to try a different specialty or department.
Specially for Newly-Qualified Nurses
• Supernumerary support, initially as part of a robust local induction
• Preceptorship program including a dedicated Preceptor and 6 months of training and support designed for Nurses who have just obtained their NMC registration number
• Structured progression opportunities – Band 5 NQN Development Pathway

You can find more information regarding our training and education offers in this link

What about preparing myself to pass the OSCE exam?

The Trust offers a great Preparation Program for candidates willing to undertake the Part 2 NMC competence test.

With 12 days of full training divided across 2 months and placements in the designated area we firmly believe this program prepares our candidates for a successful experience in the OSCE exam.

Our team has developed a text book with all the required knowledge needed for perform correctly on your assessment that includes a sum up of the Royal Marsden Guidelines for the different stations and a variety of exercises for personal practice.

The program also counts with an online portal where Power Point presentations, exercises, useful information and any updates regarding the exam are available for candidates attending the training.

St Georges Hospital counts with the facilities of a fully equipped Simulation Laboratory that allows our candidates to perform Skills and APIE stations as they would in the OSCE exam environment.

You can find more information about our Simulation Laboratory and the GAPS team taking care of it in the video below and in their website:


What expenses from my moving costs will be covered by the Trust?

St Georges will assume the cost of the expenses associated to your NMC registration and emigration process as stated below:

Certificate of Sponsorship – SGHT pays directly

Immigration skills charge – SGHT pays directly

Tier 2 Visa (valid for 3 years in line with Certificate of Sponsorship) – SGHT pays directly/ reimbursed through EOD

TB screening – SGHT reimburse via EOD

OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) – SGHT pays directly

NMC Application Fee – SGHT reimburse via EOD
Part 1 test of competence (CBT) – SGHT reimburse via EOD

Part 2 test of competence (OSCE) – SGHT pays in advance and afterwards it’s deducted from the candidate payslip.
Admission onto NMC register – SGHT reimburse via EOD
IELTS Academic – SGHT reimburse via EOD
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration – SGHT reimburse via EOD
OET – SGHT reimburse via EOD
Immigration Health Surcharge – Not to be reimbursed
Visa Fees – SGHT reimburse via EOD
Flight up to a maximum £800 – SGHT reimburse via EOD

Accommodation support for first 4 weeks –   SGHT pays directly

Pastoral package – SGHT pays directly

Transfer of candidates from airport of arrival –   SGHT pays directly
Agency Fees (if applicable) – SGHT pays directly

All the reimbursements will be done once you’ve passed the Part 2 of the NMC test of competence (OSCE exam) through an online system available in the Trust intranet called Expenses on Demand (EOD). The payment will be included in your next payslip according to the date that the request was made.

About St Georges

You can find more information about us and the services that we provide in South West London here.

We’ve also created some documents specifically for Overseas Nurses joining our hospitals with information about the area where we are based.

Welcome to St Georges pack (PDF)

Neighbour information (PDF)

St Georges hospital site map (PDF)

One of the biggest advantages of our hospitals is the proximity to various airports with International flights available.

Gatwick Airport
– By car: 50 min/ 20 miles
– By public transport: 55 min

Heathrow Airport
– By car: 45 min/18 miles
– By public transport: 1h and 20 min

Useful links for preparing your interview with us

You can find below some useful information in regards to preparing your interview for a Nursing position in the Trust.

Medical abbreviations in UK

Drug calculation exercises

Nursing interview question examples

Interview skills

Please be aware that if you leave your employment with the Trust within 12 months of gaining your NMC registration the cost of the tests and administration fees will be recovered from your final salary payment prior to leaving the Trust

Overseas Nurse Preceptor Contact details
Ruth Fernandez
Overseas Nurse Preceptor
Direct contact number: 020 8672 6329 / Bleep: 6194
Email: [email protected]

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