Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK will launch a revised overseas application process for nurses and midwives educated outside of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA)which will introduce a test of competence from autumn 2014 for all new non-EU/EEA educated applicants from October 2014. The test will be based on current nursing and midwifery pre-registration education and competency standards.
The test of competence
This will consist of two parts: a computer-based multiple-choice examination and a practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
The computer-based multiple-choice examination will be accessible in many countries around the world including those where significant numbers of non-EU/EEA educated nurses and midwives are recruited to the UK. A list of available locations will be published as part of the revised process. Nurses and midwives eligible for the test who are living in the UK will be able to access the test here. Pearson Vue, a computer-based exam provider, will deliver the test of competence at the various global locations on our behalf.
The practical exam (OSCE) will always be held in the UK, initially at a test centre at the University of Northampton. After an initial bedding-in period this will subsequently be broadened out to encompass more centres.
The cost of the tests have yet to be finally agreed, however they will be clearly identified by both test providers and published before the changes are made. Future changes to test costs approved by us will be published by both test providers before they are implemented.