NURSING IN THE UK

  • Full time permanent contracts of employment. - up to 36-48 contracted hours per week with opportunities for extra hours
  • Excellent rates of pay ranging from £22,464 to £35,000 per year - tax and national insurance will be deducted at a joint rate of approximately 22%
  • A loan to pay for the first month’s accommodation - paid back over the first three months of employment
  • Full training and uniform provided - essential health, social care and clinical training
  • Support to progress their NMC PIN registration application
  • Help and advice to arrange travel to the UK
  • All job offers are subject to satisfactory references, DBS clearance, NMC PIN application and proof of general nursing qualification.
THE FACTS

The reality of nursing in the UK is that it is hard work, long hours and often physically and mentally challenging,  BUT it is a very rewarding vocation. There is a clear career path for UK nurses and you will be financially rewarded at a much better level than in your home country.

As long as you are prepared for the challenge of moving to a new country, living in a new home, and starting a new job, then please read on!

You must also understand that nursing in the UK is different to your home country.  The core beliefs and values are the same but some parts of clinical practice and approaches are different and your day to day job role will be different.  As a care home nurse in the UK you will be involved not only clinical practice but also caring for patients or residents.  As part of a team you will be expected to understand and provide personal care to customers – this will be a fundamental part of your early learning. But rest assured that full training and support will be provided in your workplace.  A very important basic rule is that you will not work as a nurse on your own until your employer believes that you are competent to do so and that you fully understand all of the clinical tasks that you will be required to do.

UK employers will train you and then they will want to assure themselves that you are competent, safe to practice, that you have up to date knowledge and the necessary language and communication skills to do your job to the required excellent standard.

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL (NMC)

All nurses in the UK must be registered with the NMC before practising as a nurse.  First you must apply online for an application pack.  This will be sent to you by post and should be completed carefully and returned to the NMC along with your certified photocopies – the assessment fee will cost £110.  Once your application has been received you will then receive a notification letter giving you a Personal Reference Number (PRN).  This is your unique NMC number during your application process – you will need this every time that you contact the NMC. If your application is accepted, you will be sent a decision letter requesting you to pay the £120 registration fee.

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