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United Kingdom > UK Recruitment Process for Overseas Nurses wishing to work in The NHS

I want to Nurse in the UK-what does this involve?

Initial assessment and pre-screening interview

On initial contact, we will review a number of things:

English Language Proficiency

The NMC currently accepts two language tests as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in English.

International English Language Test System (IELTS)

If you have completed an IELTS examination, you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms: an overall score of at least 7 at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

If you have completed an OET examination, you must provide a certificate that confirms: at least a B grade in listening reading and speaking and at least C+ in writing.  

Combining Results/Clubbing

You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

NMC Application

Applying to the NMC is a straightforward process.  Whilst the application is not complicated,  however, it is very important to submit it correctly the first time.  Work closely with your recruiter to ensure your application goes smoothly!

Hospital Interview

Once you have passed IELTS/OET, you will be interviewed by the hospital via video interview (ZOOM or TEAMS)  or during recruitment trip interviews. 

Following a successful interview, you will receive a conditional offer of employment. At this stage, you will be assigned a dedicated contact person at  Profco who will proceed with all necessary background checks - this includes:

CBT (Computer Based Test)

We will help you prepare for the NMC Computer-Based Test. 


You will be allocated a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) once the NMC application is complete and once we have completed all recruitment checks.  The COS allows you to apply for your visa.  Your recruiter will guide you through the visa process.

Travelling to the UK

Once your visa is issued, Profco will assist you in finding accommodation and planning your journey to the UK.  We also arrange a 'Meet and Greet' service to help you settle into your new home.

We know this seems like a long and complicated process!  Don't worry - our experienced recruiters will guide you through each stage.  In addition to our own expertise, we have partner agencies in some countries to assist our nurses locally.  We or our partner agencies do not charge you any placement fees. 

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