How to apply for a job in United Kingdom

We currently recruit nurses for nursing homes and hospitals in United Kingdom.

The main requirement is min. B2 level of English. We’re seeking motivated candidates, willing to work in United Kingdom for several years.

All nurses that trained outside United Kingdom need to obtain their diploma recognition by registering with the NMC. The process itself takes about 4 months.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

Before you can work in the UK you will need to complete the IELTS Academic test in order to be able to register with the NMC.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of those who wish to study or work in environments where English is used as the language of communication.

In order to register with the NMC you must first complete the IELTS Academic test.

The test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes and is split into four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You must achieve an overall score of 7 in the IELTS Academic test. You must achieve no less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

IELTS are available in over 1,000 locations.

Visit the following link to find an IELTs test centre close to you:

Registering with the NMC

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the regulatory board for all nursing professionals; without completing your registration you will not be able to legally practice in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and also Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey).

If you are a nurse trained in any European Union country, registration can be done in 4 simple steps!

1 –  Ask for your Application Pack here.

In about 10 working days (aprox. 2 weeks), you will receive at your home address an Application Form along with other documents that you should attentively read.

2 –  Prepare documents for your application.

You will need to submit the following documents:

  • Application Pack
  • Certified copy of valid passport
  • Certified copy of birth certificate (recommended: International Birth Certificate)
  • Certified copy of criminal record, issued by the competent authority in your home country
  • Certified copy of your Nursing Diploma, issued by your school
  • Certified copy of a Declaration from your local Nursing Board, stating you are registered and have no disciplinary record (Ordem dos Enfermeiros – PT, Colegio de Enfermeria – ES, Ordre des Infirmiers – FR, etc.)
  • Certified copies of Declarations by current or former employers, to support the information you provide on professional experience
  • Certified translations of all documents not originally issued in English

Please note that certifications of copies and translations can only be done by lawyers, solicitors or public notaries!

3 – Submit documents and filled in Application Form by registered post to the NMC and pay your registration fee.

The £110 registration fee can be paid online with any valid credit card – go here to make your payment.

Your application will now be assessed by the Registration Department for 4 to 6 weeks. After the assessment, the NMC will issue your admission letter to your home address, informing you that successful registration is pending on the payment of the yearly fee.

4 – Access the online payments page again and make payment on the £100 yearly fee (this amount is due once a year for staying on the register).

That´s it! In 2 weeks you will receive a final letter with your UK Nursing PIN and you are ready to start working!

Due to a new rule, if you want our help with the registration you will need to give us permission filling up this form. Please contact us before you do.

Tips and useful links for nurses in United Kingdom and Ireland

In the context of Nursing Recruitment these two markets display considerable similarity, though there are differences. First of all in terms of registration we have two bodies. In the case of the United Kingdom the body responsible for the registration of Nurses is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

We would also recommend registration with the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. Employer organisations will not always recognise a union, but they can be an important resource for any nurse involved in a disciplinary process and also general on-going educational support.

Another useful resource is the Nursing Times the preeminent trade magazine in the UK for the Nursing profession.

The NMC jurisdiction includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are also responsible for Nursing Registration in the Isle of Man.

There is a slight difference in that Nurses going to the Isle of Man are not covered by EU legislation and consequently require a work permit. This however is generally relatively straight forward for Nurses working on the island.

To return to the nature of the two markets, as discussed there are some subtle differences. First of all demand in Ireland is essentially restricted to the Private Sector both hospitals and nursing homes. A recent (2012) national newspaper article suggested that currently there are more than seven hundred vacancies in the private Nursing Home sector. The supply of Nurses is extremely restricted in Ireland as many of the Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN’s) have moved on to countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Middle East as a result of the Irish Economic crisis. This is in addition to the trend of recent times whereby newly qualified Irish Nurses have gone to the UK National Health Service en masse.

A key factor in Ireland is whether as a result of the hiring embargo currently in place for Health Service Executive, the body responsible for public health provision in Ireland remains in a position of not hiring, in view of undoubted challenges in service provision

One of the issues certainly relevant in Ireland is that despite the problems in the economic backdrop salary levels remain amongst the best in Europe and it is certainly the case that nurses are valued in the society.

Salary levels in Ireland conform to the scale of the Irish Nurses Organisation and apply nationally. Consequently, nurses in more rural areas where there is strong demand enjoy both good salaries and moderate living costs.

In relation to registration this is the responsibility of An Bord Altranais (Irish Nursing Board)

In relation to both the Irish and British bodies it is important to note that essentially the process is about verifying the nurse status in their own country as under European Union laws nursing qualifications in one member state are recognised in others. As part of this process we have seen a convergence in course content and duration in relation to nursing qualifications within the EU in recent years.

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