It is widely recognised that in the healthcare industry, working in the U.K is a fantastic opportunity. It can provide you with the chance to work alongside some of the finest medical professionals in state-of-the-art facilities, across both the private and public sectors. If you are looking to emigrate to the U.K. and make the most of the amazing career opportunities available in its healthcare industry, we offer a comprehensive support programme to help you get here.


The Process

The process can seem confusing and a bit daunting, with a number of checks and benchmarks that need to be met before
you’re ready to start working in the U.K.

At Allied & Clinical, we’re here with you every step of the way, ready to offer advice and assistance. To begin, here’s our guide on the essential steps you need to take before you come to work in the U.K.

Register With The NMC

Before you can work as a nurse or midwife in the U.K., you must first register with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council). We’ve summarised the key steps below, but we highly recommend visiting their website before you begin at

The first step before you begin the process is to complete an online self-assessment.

This will double-check your eligibility for work in the U.K.

The application process itself then has 5 stages:

  • English language proficiency test
  • Application for nursing/midwifery
  • CBT competence test
  • OSCE competence test
  • Admission onto the NMC register

As you can see, the most crucial steps on your journey will be your competence tests.

Within the U.K., each professional field of nursing is subject to these competence tests; the first of which is a multiple-choice
examination, and the second a practical examination. While these tests do require extensive study and preparation, ultimately, they will allow you to demonstrate the skills you have and prove your readiness to work in the U.K.



Your first test (the CBT) is a computer-based theoretical test, composed of multiple-choice questions. This test can be taken
in test centres anywhere around the world and can be booked by contacting the test provider, Pearson Vue.

For more information, including helpful exam prep guides, consult the CBT page on the NMC website. Once you have Completed your CBT, you have two years to finish your application. If you can’t do so in that time and still want to apply,
you will have to re-sit your CBT.


Your second examination is the ‘Objective Structured Clinical Examination’ (OSCE). This is a practical examination, designed to test your responses to simulated scenarios that replicate those you will encounter in your work. The exam is structured around a number of different ‘stations’, all of which you will be expected to complete within a set time.

At each of these stations, you will be marked against standardised criteria by a panel of examiners. The tests will be filmed in the interests of quality assurance. The OCSE can only be taken at one of the approved university test centres located in the U.K.

These are:

  • The University of Northampton
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Ulster University

English Language Requirements

In addition to these examinations, all applicants must be able to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge of the English
language. In order to demonstrate this, the NMC will accept the required score in any one of a number of English language tests. The full details of these tests can be found here.

UK Immigration Requirements

Applicants will also be expected to have separately met the requirements for all individuals seeking to emigrate to the U.K.
Full information on which can be found on the official page We’ve summarised the key eligibility criteria and required documentation below.

Firstly, you will need a valid certificate of sponsorship or visa. Allied and Clinical will link you up with an employer and together, we arrange this for you.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Being able to demonstrate your knowledge of English
  • Providing evidence of your ability to travel and show your travel history from the previous 5 years
  • Typically that means a score of 7 in IELTS or a “B” grade in the occupational english Test (OET). Contact us if you would like to know more. 

Note: You will not need to demonstrate an appropriate salary, as nursing is one of the jobs covered under the list of exceptions.


We take our duty of care to our candidates very seriously at Allied & Clinical. That means we are here to help you with every aspect of your application. Our support includes:

  • An introduction to the client (NHS and Private)
  • An interview with the client
  • Exam preparation support
  • Course materials
  • One-to-one dedicated exam facilitator
  • Support in covering the costs associated with the application process
  • Guidance with your NMC application
  • Pastoral Care


We’re here to support you through every step of your application journey. We want to help you realise your career goals and dreams and we’ll take every measure we can to ensure that happens.

The application process is just one step on our journey together. We also help with:

  • Extensive pastoral care
  • Settling in and navigating any difficulties that come with a transition to a new country
  • An extensive range of contacts within the NHS and private sector to ensure you have the best possible position.

Next Steps

All you need to do in order to begin is get in touch with us via our initial contact form here. After which, we’ll send you a pre-qualification questionnaire for you to fill out. Once pre-qualified, one of our agents will contact you

Fill out the application form here: