NMC to make it ‘easier and cheaper’ for overseas nurses to register

The changes have been designed to ensure that nursing and midwifery professionals can join the UK workforce as quickly as possible.

Sarah Jane
10 September 2019
Nurse with patient

Nurses and midwives wanting to work in the UK will soon find the process easier and cheaper than ever before.

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates applying to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register from overseas are set to find the process easier and cheaper than ever before.


As part of the regulator’s commitment to improving its approach to overseas registration, the latest changes have been designed to offer a more efficient and streamlined experience and help ensure qualified nursing and midwifery professionals can get into practice where they are needed.

From October the NMC will move from a paper to an online application, confirm qualifications rather than requesting training transcripts, and reduce the cost of the computer-based test (CBT) from £90 to £83

Other changes include a redesigned guidance page on the NMC website, including easy read guidelines and a new pre-application checklist toolkit.

The NMC has seen a significant increase – rising from 2,720 last year to 6,157 in March this year – in the number of nurses and midwives joining the register for the first time from outside of the EU.


‘We have listened to feedback’.

The NMC say they are making these changes to ensure that highly-skilled nursing and midwifery professionals can join the UK workforce as quickly as possible in order to carry out their role of delivering better, safer care for people using health and care services.

Emma Broadbent, Director of Registration and Revalidation at the NMC, said: “We have listened to people’s feedback and I’m pleased to announce that future nurses, midwives and nursing associates from abroad will benefit from this improved process.

“We want to make sure that those who meet our requirements are able to join our register as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are hopeful that by simplifying the application process, and further reducing the computer based test cost, we will continue to make the UK an attractive option for those coming from abroad.

“This is another example of how the NMC is committed to positively addressing nursing and midwifery shortages that exist in health services, adult social care services and within local communities across the UK.”


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