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Nursing Jobs in UK

The NHS in the UK is one of the best healthcare systems in the world and to keep this healthcare system to be up and running like it is, the NHS needs a lot of healthcare workforce. And this allows the nurses of the rest of the world to be a part of this great healthcare system. Not only does the nursing career in the UK give you a stable financial status but also gives you a chance to live in one of the best countries worldwide.

Are you thinking of getting a nursing job in the UK but confused about its procedure and scope? Here, we are going to make the procedure of getting a job in the UK pretty easy for you.

The procedure of getting nursing jobs in the UK is very straightforward. And with its never-ending requirement of professional health care staff, it becomes an ideal country for aspirant nursing staff. The salary and other benefits offered by the UK's health industry make it an attractive place to work and live.

Here we have compiled detailed information about nursing jobs in the UK, career scope in the job, eligibility to apply, and procedure to get a job. First, let us know the scope of the nursing jobs in UK.

Scope in Nursing Jobs in UK

Vital health infrastructure is one of the basic needs of all the countries around the world. Nursing staff plays an essential role in making a country and its people healthy. The nursing staff works as a link between the patients and doctors. They assist the doctors in major to minor surgeries and treatment procedures. Conveying the doctors about the health of patients is another critical responsibility of nursing.

In the United Kingdom, professional nurses are in demand so that its health care sector can keep functioning correctly. The need for nursing professionals is high, so UK hospitals offer attractive pay to the health staff. The nurses get stable jobs and job security here. If you are a qualified nurse and want to know more nursing jobs in the UK, then scroll down the page to get familiar with the process work in the country as a nurse.

Required Qualification for Nursing Jobs in UK

To work in the UK, you will have to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) of the United Kingdom. The college from which you have completed or are pursuing your nursing course must be recognized. Students from reputed and well-known nursing colleges get the chance to work in the UK easily. You can get one from the many nursing jobs in the UK if you have done any one of the following courses:

  • General Nursing & Midwifery Training (GNM)
  • Auxiliary Nursing & Midwifery Training (ANM)
  • B.Sc or in Nursing
  • M.Phil in Nursing
  • Ph.D. in Nursing

Along with any mentioned courses, the job seeker must gain work experience of one year as a nurse.

Clear the Language Test

The next step is to clear IELTS or OET to prove your English language skills. The job seeker must score 7 or higher in IELTS and Grade B or higher in OET to apply for a job in the UK. If you could not achieve the required score on the first attempt, you have two more chances to try.

It is the foremost step to work in the UK. There are 4 sections in the OET/IELTS course that one has to pass- reading, writing, listening and speaking English. Healthcare is a sector where proper communication is a must between a patient and the in-house staff. So the nurses must be good with English, the local language in the UK.

Pass the CBT

You will have to go through Computer Based Training (CBT). Here you will have to answer 120-140 MCQs based on nursing. You will get 4 hours to clear the exam. The test will be based on theoretical knowledge, and no practical is required. After passing the CBT, the candidate will become eligible to apply for the NHS health care assistant post.

Document Submission

Now you will have to submit your document to NMC to check if you are eligible for any post available with them. The NMC takes up to 60 working days to make a decision letter, so you will have to wait accordingly. You will also have to submit the documents like an NHS application, police check, reference, and address proof to your agency. The agency will send it to the NHS trust for further processing.

Apply for CoS and Tier 2 Visa

CoS is Certification of Sponsorship. You will get it from your employer. NHS trust acts as a sponsor and release a CoS. CoS is valid for 2 years, and on its completion, you can re-apply for it. Based on this CoS, the applicants can get a tier 2 visa.


Once you arrive in the UK, you will have to take the OSCE exam. OSCE or Objective Structured Clinical Exams are practical exams. The difficulty level of the exam is moderate. You will get three months from the employment date to sit the exam. If somehow you could not clear the exam on the first attempt, you can re-appear in it within a maximum of eight months from the date of issuing your visa.

Identity Check

After clearing the OSCE exam, the candidate will have to go through the identity check. Here you will have to attend the face-to-face identity check. Therefore, it’s a must to bring the original copy of all the previously submitted documents in the interview.

Why Choose Dynamic Health Staff?

If you dream of working in the UK and possess all the qualifications required for nursing jobs in the UK, you must contact Dynamic Health Staff. Established in 1977, Dynamic Health Staff, with its 14 offices across UK, UAE, India, Nepal, Romania, Croatia, Philippines is the go-to recruitment agency for candidates who want to relocate internationally. DHS has successfully given jobs to well over 40, 000 candidates in over 24 countries. We work closely with 125+ hospitals all over the Middle East, United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe successfully placing over 2600 doctors, nurses, and technicians among other healthcare staff each year.

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Frequently Answered Questions

Getting a job offer from a UK healthcare business and acquiring a Tier 2 (General) Health and Care visa are the first steps in moving to the UK for a nursing position. Applicants must be registered nurses in their home country and pass the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) qualifications assessment, including the Test of Competence (CBT and OSCE). Fluency in English is tested through IELTS or OET exams. Upon successful registration with the NMC, applicants can move to the UK, where they may also need to complete a period of supervised practice depending on their qualifications and experience.

We at Dynamic Health Staff offer comprehensive support for international nurses aiming to work abroad, including job placement services, assistance with licensing and registration in the destination country, and language training programs to meet proficiency requirements. We also guide immigration processes, including visa application, and offer adaptation support to help nurses acclimate to the new environment and healthcare system. To guarantee a seamless transition and effective integration into the international healthcare workforce, we also give aid with housing arrangements and ongoing support throughout the working term.

To register with the NMC in the UK:

  1. Start by checking your eligibility on the NMC website.
  2. Complete the online application, providing evidence of your qualifications, identity, health, and character. You must also demonstrate your English language competence through approved tests or evidence of training in English.
  3. Pay the assessment fee and undergo the competency test if required.
  4. Upon passing, submit the registration fee.

Continuous professional development and adherence to the NMC code are necessary for maintaining registration. For detailed guidelines, visit the NMC's official website or talk to our experts.

Nurses aspiring to work in the UK must obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa, which requires sponsorship from a UK employer. Candidates must demonstrate their proficiency in English by taking an authorized language exam and provide a current Certificate of Sponsorship from their employer. They also need to have a nursing degree, register with the NMC, and provide evidence of sufficient personal savings to support themselves upon arrival. The salary threshold and specific documentation can vary, so it's important to check the latest requirements from the UK government or the NMC.

Yes, you can bring your family to the UK if you relocate for a nursing job, provided you meet certain conditions. Your family members, defined as your partner and children under 18, can apply as your 'dependants.' You must have a valid Tier 2 (General) visa or a Health and Care Worker visa, prove your relationship, and show that you have the financial means to support them during their stay. Each family member must apply individually, and they will have the right to work and study in the UK if their applications are successful.

In the UK, a nurse's typical pay varies according to their region, specialization, and experience. As of recent data, newly qualified nurses start on a Band 5 pay scale in the NHS, earning approximately £27,055 to £32,934 per annum. With experience and further qualifications, this can rise significantly. Nurses in managerial or specialist positions, such as Band 7 or above, can earn between £40,057 and £53,219 or more. Salaries in the private sector may vary and can sometimes be higher depending on the employer, location, and the nurse's specialization.

The type of visa and the immigration regulations of the nation you are applying to will determine whether you need a work offer before filing for one. An employer in the country of destination is usually the one who sponsors the work visa application. Therefore, this usually requires a job offer. However, other visa categories, such as tourist, student, or certain long-term residency visas, do not require a job offer. Instead, these visas might have different requirements, such as financial proof of support, enrollment in an educational institution, or investment plans. It's crucial to confirm the particular conditions of the visa you're requesting.

We at Dynamic Health Staff support healthcare professionals in navigating the NMC registration process by offering comprehensive assistance, including eligibility assessment, documentation guidance, and preparation for the NMC test of competence. We provide personalized advice, ensuring candidates meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's requirements in the UK. Our services include:

  • Aiding in application submission.
  • Managing communication with the NMC.
  • Offering training for the CBT and OSCE exams. S
  • treamlining the journey towards NMC registration.
  • Ultimately facilitating the recruitment of healthcare workers in the UK healthcare system.

To prepare for IELTS or OET, consider enrolling in our in-house academy, which offers specialized training for these exams. Our tailored programs can provide you with the necessary skills, techniques, and understanding of the exam formats. Practice extensively through mock tests, familiarize yourself with the exam criteria, and engage in interactive sessions to improve your English proficiency. This all-encompassing strategy, along with expert advice, will provide you with the competence and confidence you need to pass these important English language exams.

The commitment period when an employer sponsors your visa can vary depending on the country's immigration laws and the terms of your employment contract. However, it is crucial to review your contract and visa conditions as some may include clauses related to repayment of visa sponsorship costs if you leave the employer before a certain period. To receive advice tailored to your circumstances, always check the document or ask directly to your employer or recruitment agency.

Yes, we at Dynamic Health Staff can assist with finding accommodation in the UK for healthcare professionals moving there for work. We offer comprehensive relocation services that include assistance with finding suitable housing, ensuring a smooth transition for international medical staff. Our support services are designed to handle various aspects of relocation, including accommodation, to help you settle in comfortably and focus on your new role.


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