International Medical Healthcare Recruitment
To become a nurse in the UK, you will need to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). This applies to all nurses, including General Nurses, Mental Health Nurses and Midwives.
If you're thinking of finding nurse jobs in the UK, you can enquire with IM-HR by uploading your CV on our website or contacting our Head Office by phone on +442081233880 or +4477539416666 (WhatsApp + Viber)
To provide you with an initial assessment, IM-HR will need your full, up-to-date CV.
No, our services are free of charge to you
Any international nurses wishing to start a career in the UK will go through the following:
The NHS uses pay scales called 'Bands'. Each Band represents a level of experience and the salary for every Band will differ. Find out more about Bands here.
Every year, the NHS pay scales are reviewed. The scales are uniform for every NHS organisation throughout the UK.
When you first come to the UK, you are likely to start as a Band 4 nurse with a salary of between £21,089 and £23,761 per year, depending on your experience. Your role will be based on full-time hours of 37.5 hours per week.
After successfully registering with the NMC and receiving your NMC pin, your Band will increase to Band 5, with a salary of between £24,214 and £30,112 per year.
Can I register in the UK and apply for a job with IM-HR?
To be eligible for registration as an overseas nurse in the UK, you'll need a three-year Nursing degree, plus ideally one year's experience working as a nurse. You also need to pass the IELTS or OET English language exams to apply for NMC registration as an overseas nurse. Following the English language tests, you will need to take and pass part 1 of the Computer Based Test (CBT).
Find out more about registering as an overseas nurse in the UK on the NMC website.
You can take the CBT at any time after you have your IELTS or OET, most nurses choose to do it immediately after this stage or after they receive a job offer from a NHS Trust. The test is made up of multiple-choice questions and is based on theoretical practice-based knowledge. You can take this test in at a Pearson Vue Centre in your own home country.
OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination and acts as the second part of your assessment for registration as an overseas nurse. It's a practical test, which involves acting out scenarios that nurses are likely to experience during care. You'll book the OSCE when you arrive in the UK and take the test at either the University of Northampton, Oxford Brookes University or University of Ulster. To arrange your OSCE, you'll need to contact either of these universities however this is usually done by your new employer who typically shall support you through the entire process including making any travel arrangements.
Your employer will want to guide and support you in registering with the NMC and will, therefore, provide a training period of a few weeks before you sit the OSCE. The NHS Trust will pay for you to sit the test 2-3 times, depending on which Trust you are joining.
Find out more about the OSCE here.
Unless you are an EU National, you will need a visa or work permit to work in the UK. When applying for an NHS nursing job, the Trust can offer sponsorship to obtain a Tier 2 visa. After passing the CBT, you'll be issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), which you'll need for applying for your visa. Depending on which Trust you are joining, they may cover the cost of the visa for you in full or in part.
Yes, but their accommodation and visas will depend on which Trust you are joining. Some Trusts will provide accommodation for your family but will not cover visa costs for them. However, other Trusts will not provide accommodation or visas for family members at all. You should speak with your dedicated IM-HR Project Manager to find out what package the Trust offers.
We strongly recommend not bringing your family over to the UK until you have successfully passed the OSCE.
Here is some information on family visas in the UK.
Overseas Nurses are required to commit to their position within the NHS Trust for at least three years, which is also the visa duration.
You will be provided with 1-3 months' free accommodation with the Trust, which would only be for Nurses and not their families. In some cases, a Trust may offer to provide accommodation for families, but this will depend on the individual Trust. Ask your Project Manager for more details.
The full 2-3 months' accommodation is typically credited into your bank account by the hospital, and you will be responsible for financing your accommodation with this money. Following your first 2-3 months' free accommodation, you may choose to stay and start paying a monthly rent. Should you wish to move to somewhere new, you will need to find your own accommodation.
Typically, the Trust will pay for/pay towards your initial flight to the UK. However, Trusts will differ in their benefits packages, so speak to your Project Manager about what is on offer to you.
No; benefits packages, including free flights are only offered to the employed Nurses and not their families.
No; benefits packages, including free flights are only offered to the employed Nurses
As a UK resident, you will be entitled to free medical care from the NHS, including access to a GP (doctor), emergency and non-emergency hospital treatment, and other services (e.g. visiting a clinic).
You may need to pay for some services, like vaccinations, dental and optical treatment, and prescription medicines.
Find out more here.
and not their families.
Different hospitals will offer varying benefits packages; however, many hospitals will cover the following expenses:
Income tax and National Insurance will be automatically taken from your monthly salary, so the amount of money you take home will be lower.
To work out how much tax will be taken from your salary, you can use an online tax calculator.
As soon as you arrive in the UK, you must apply for a National Insurance number. This can only be done whilst living in the UK, and we'll be happy to help you. Find out more.
As a full-time employee, you will be entitled to 27 days' paid annual leave, plus 8 public Bank Holidays.
Find information on bringing pets to the UK here.