Recruitment Process and Interviews - UK
I want to work as a nurse in the United Kingdom, how do I apply?
A candidate can make their initial inquiry in a number of different ways. Professional Connections processes applications through our job board our e-mail: email@example.com and over the phone. For local country numbers click here.
For an initial assessment, Professional Connections will need a detailed resume/ cv. You can also use our online resume/ cv builder once you have registered on our web site.
You should commence the process by registering as a nurse, mental health nurse, midwife or sick children's nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Professional Connections will assist our shortlisted candidates.
What do Bands 5, 6 and 7 mean?
Am I eligible to register in the UK and apply for a job through Professional Connections?
The requirements for eligibility for registration and application vary depending on your education and work experience.
Nurses trained in EU countries can apply immediately after graduating from University, providing that you have received the nurse or midwife registration from the training country and the course also meets the EU Directive.
Nurses trained in non-EU countries are required to have at least 12 months post-registration work experience to be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council i.e. nursing licensing authority.
How will Professional Connections assist me?
We advise each candidate on a number of nursing vacancies. These vacancies are specific to each application and are discussed in detail so you can decide which one(s) to apply for.
We liaise between the chosen hospital and the candidate. Throughout the entire process, the candidate is updated and informed about developments.
We will assist, where appropriate, in your application to register as a nurse or midwife with the NMC in the UK. We will also help you with your visa application. We are always on hand for advice or information.
Finally, we liaise with on-site staff in the UK Hospitals, to organize each candidate's "meet 'n' greet" to ensure that a warm welcome and orientation is given to each candidate on arrival.
Do I have to take an English Language test?
All nurses must complete and provide evidence of the International English Language Test (IELTS) before submitting their application to the NMC.
You must complete the academic version of the IELTS test and achieve:
- At least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
- At least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
- At least 7.0 (out of a possible 9) overall
Applicants may provide two IELTS test certificates to meet the above requirements, but must not have scored below 6.5 in any categories, in either of the test sittings. The two test sittings must be taken within six months of each other to be considered. IELTS scores are valid for two years. EU nurses should sit the academic IELTS test, Non EU nurses should sit the UKVI IELTS as UKVI is required for visa processing, NMC will accept UKVI.
Further information about IELTS can be obtained from www.ielts.org
For nurses who need IELTS preparation training click here
How long will it take me to get to the country?
For a nurse based in the UK and who is NMC registered, the process is four to six weeks.
For European nurses, if you are already NMC registered, it will take four to six weeks. If you are not NMC registered, it will take 4-6 months. For Non EU passport holders the process takes 8-12 months.
What paperwork will I have to complete?
There are a few steps
1. Initial application paperwork
- Detailed CV
- NHS Application form
- Skills Checklist
2. An Interview
- You will have to do a literacy and numeracy test followed by an interview that will last 20- 30 minutes. During the interview you will be asked general and clinical questions.
3. Post interview
- Occupational Health Questionnaire
- Criminal Record Clearances
- References checks
- Obtaining your NMC nursing license
- For non EU applicants Visa application paperwork
Sounds like a lot of paperwork?
Yes. However, Professional Connections works hard to guide you through each part of the recruitment process. We have helped thousands of nurses so we know how to get you through all of it!
Can you tell me about visas for my family?
You mentioned I need a detailed CV, how much detail is required?
When applying for a post outside your own country, those reading your CV may not be familiar with your hospital or the system of nursing in your country. Therefore it is important to describe your working environment and the duties you carry out at work. Professional Connections recommends you use our online cv builder.
How do I register as a nurse in the UK?
See our section Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
I am not sure whether I want to apply or not, can I have information first?
Yes. Much of the information you require is on this website. You can also call us, and we will be more than happy to discuss all the options.
For how long do I have to commit?
We recruit for "perm" posts so a minimum of one year is expected. However all posts are permanent posts so you can stay as long as you want. If you are Non EU passport holder you will need to maintain your visa.
How long will the process take?
- Inquiry Week one
- Pre-screening interview Week three
- Hospital interview Week four
- Offer Week four
- NMC Registration 12 weeks
- Start to end 4-6 months
Non EU Candidates
- Inquiry Week one
- IELTS exam 2-3 months to get test date and requirement result
- CBT exam once IELTS passed
- NMC Start once IELTS achieved should be issued a decision letter within 6 months
- Pre-screening interview and reference checks Month one
- Offer After interview subject to NMC decision letter or registration
- Work permit and visa Once you have the NMC decision
- Mobilization Once Visa is issued and notice period worked
- Start to end 8-12 months.
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