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International Nurse recruitment

Our International Nurse Recruitment programme

In 2022 the Trust launched our International Nurse recruitment programme. So far since November 2022 we have welcomed 42 experienced mental Health and General Health Nurses from overseas.

Our program has been developed to provide comprehensive assistance to international nurses as they transition to the UK and work towards becoming a registered mental health nurse or registered general health nurse.

To accomplish this, we are committed to helping to successfully complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) within the first 12 weeks of arrival.

Our skilled clinical educators are readily available to provide guidance and training.

The significance of our international recruitment program cannot be overstated – it plays a crucial role in ensuring optimal staffing levels and upholding exceptional standards of care across our adult inpatient services, forensic services and offender health.

Please read our International Nurse pastoral guide providing information for new nurses.


Relocation package

Every international nurse who becomes a part of our team will benefit from an extensive relocation package, which includes:

  • Reimbursement of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET) fees.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration fees
  • Coverage of Certificate of Sponsorship and Visa expenses
  • Arrangements for a flight to the UK and transfer services
  • OSCE exam expenses
  • Comprehensive OSCE training
  • Accommodation whilst studying and preparing for the OSCE exam
  • A dedicated support team that is fully committed to assisting you throughout your relocation process to the UK


International Nurse Recruitment programme support

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ensures each nurse receives a comprehensive employment strategy along with continuous pastoral care. Our dedicated team offers assistance encompassing cultural, emotional, and professional guidance.

We also provide practical assistance, such as aiding in the process of opening UK bank accounts, registering with GP practices and dentists, and familiarising with the local area – including information about supermarkets, transportation options, schools, places of worship, recreational facilities, and more.

The Trust also provides an extensive array of support services, which includes Staff Wellbeing, Staff Counselling, and Occupational Health resources.

Included in our assistance for new International Nurses are the following provisions:

  • Comprehensive support throughout intensive OSCE training
  • A substantial and considerate relocation package
  • Dedicated pastoral support
  • Ward-based buddy support
  • Regular monthly supervision sessions with your line manager


Registration process for our International Nurse recruitment programme

To apply to work for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will need to apply via one of the recruitment agencies we use links provided below. The recruitment agency will guide you through the process and advise you on compliance documents and information required.

Before submitting your application, it's advisable to have successfully passed the IELTS or OET to help you speed up the process.

If your application meets the criteria, you will proceed to the next step which is a virtual interview - conducted via MS Teams. Following the completion of mandatory checks and upon receipt of confirmation from the NMC, we will proceed to sponsor and issue a visa. Once this is done, we will arrange flights to the United Kingdom, as well as provide transfers and accommodation until the OSCE exam has successfully completed.

Nurses will undertake their OSCEs within a timeframe of 8 weeks. Upon successfully passing the OSCE, nurses will be eligible for registration with the NMC.


OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

The OSCE is designed to assess a nurse's practical skills in an impartial and clear-cut manner. This examination evaluates the candidate's clinical proficiency and their capacity to adhere to the standards set by the NMC.

For further information regarding the OSCE, please refer to the details available on the NMC website.