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OSCE and gaining the Nursing and Midwifery PIN

OSCE exam and gaining your PIN to become a UK registered nurse and recruitment process

If you are outside the UK and have passed your IELTS or OET and you have an offer email from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) we can arrange for a virtual interview. If you are successful at interview, you will be told within 48 hours by email and we will endeavor to send you an offer letter detailing what the Trust is offering you within 10 working days.

Recruitment process:

Interview: You can join one of our virtual interviews.

Offer Letter: You will receive your offer letter within working 10 days from the day of interview.

Pre-employment checks are carred out by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust prior to arrival in the UK.

Once you arrive you will work as a Band 3 Senior Healthcare Assistant.

Complete your OSCE training.

Pass your OSCE exam.

Apply for your NMC PIN

Become a Band 5 UKRN.

What is the OSCE?

The OSCE is a practical examination called an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). At this exam you act out scenarios which nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. The Trust you work at will provide dedicated training for your exam and fully prepare you. Most Trusts will pay for you to take one OSCE test, but any re-sits are normally at the cost of the cost of the candidate.

Once you have passed your OSCE exam your results will be emailed within 5 working days. At that point the NMC will review your full application and check everything you have submitted as part of your application. It can take the NMC around 35 days to review everything and issue your PIN.

Helpful tips - how to apply for your NMC PIN

  • To begin your registration, you simply need to apply for your application pack online.
  • Having applied for your pack, you will need to put together the following documents:
    • Certified copy of passport or ID card
    • Marriage certificate or name change certificate (if required)
    • Certified copy of Police clearance certificate (translated into English and dated within the last 3 months)
    • Certified copy of Nursing Certificate / Diploma (translated into English, signed and dated)
    • Nursing Council Declaration - good health and character declaration (translated into English, signed and dated)
    • An employment reference form (translated into English, signed and dated)
  • Once you have all the necessary documents, submit these with the application pack to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC will charge £110 for an evaluation fee.
  • Once you have sent the application pack and documents to the NMC, the documents are scanned into the system, and can take up to 90 days to process. Applications are processed in chronological order. If you fail to provide all the documents required, this could significantly influence the processing time.
  • Once your application is approved, the NMC send a letter of declaration for you to sign and send back. They will then ask for payment either credit or debit card, or postal order with your recently updated information about change address (£100). N.B. They do not accept cash.
  • Once you have sent back your signed form and the NMC receive payment, they will send you your PIN (personal identification number) in the post, confirming that you are fully registered with the NMC. It can take 48 hours for the PIN to be issued. Your registration will then show up on the NMC register online. It may take 7-10 days for you to receive your PIN card and statement of entry in the post. 
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