Overseas nurses now able to work in UK straight after qualifying

In a move to lure overseas nurses and midwives to work in the UK, the Nursing and Midwifery Council said that the work experience requirement has been scrapped. These nurses and midwives may now apply and work in the UK after qualifying. Emma Broadbent, Director of Registration and Revalidation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council said: “More than 65,000 nurses and midwives from outside the EU deliver first class care to millions of people across the UK every year and they are a vital part of our health and care workforce. This change will remove an unnecessary barrier, making it as simple and straightforward as possible for highly skilled nursing and midwifery staff to join the workforce.” Previously, anyone trained outside the EU wishing to apply to join the NMC register must have worked for at least 12 months after qualifying and initial registration. Nurses will still need to pass the two part test of competence (CBT and OSCE) and demonstrate that they can communicate effectively in English.