In order to work in The United Kingdom you
must first gain registration from the United Kingdom Central Council
for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC).
The whole process of being able to work as a nurse in the UK is
governed by the UKCC and all of their requirements must be met.
All applications for entry to the UKCC's register
on the basis of education, training and registration outside
the UK are considered on an individual basis. Therefore it is
not normally possible to state in advance whether your application
will be accepted immediately.
However, nurse training in some countries may lead to acceptance
providing certain criteria are met.
These countries are The U.S.A., Canada, New Zealand, Australia,
South Africa, the West Indies and Hong Kong.
Depending on an applicant's experience and education, you may
be accepted, may be required to gain further clinical experience
- either in the UK or abroad - or undergo a further period of
education and training.
As mentioned above, each application is considered
individually but here are some guidelines for the type of training
which would normally give you immediate acceptance.
trained in the U.S.A or Canada
If you hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, an
Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing, it is likely
you will be accepted for registration if you have completed
at least one year's relevant post-registration experience.
Nurses trained in New Zealand or Australia
If you hold a Comprehensive Nurse qualification
or an Applied Science Diploma you are likely
to be accepted for registration if you have completed at least
one year's relevant post-registration experience.
Nurses trained in South Africa, Zimbabwe or the West Indies
If you are applying for registration as a general nurse
you are likely to be accepted for registration if you have completed
three months post-registration experience relevant to your training.
Nurses trained in Hong Kong and China
You are likely to be accepted for registration if you have
completed three months relevant post-registration experience.
must be able to communicate effectively in English to practise
as a nurse in the UK. If you have not been trained in English
or sat relevant exams, you must show that you are able to communicate
effectively in English by obtaining a specific pass mark in
British Council's English Language Test. More information
can be obtained on their website. Click the above link.
order to practise as a nurse in the UK you must get the relevant
work permit and immigation status. It is important to take into
account that registration with the UKCC does not entitle
you to work in the UK as a registered nurse or midwife.
If you are a European national you are free to come to the UK
without any immigration status or work permit as you are eligible
under European Directives to live and work in the UK. Further
European information is available at the Immigration & Nationality
Directorate website - Click
If you are from outside Europe you must apply for the relevant
Work Permit. Various types are available, but the most common
one is the Working Holidaymaker visa. If you have not yet reached
your 28th birthday and are a Commonwealth citizen then you can
enter the UK for a "Working Holiday" of up to two
years, entitling you to take up certain categories of employment
which can include temporary locum work.
and more detailed information, including the relevant application
forms, can be accessed at the following websites:
& Nationality Directorate
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