Overseas Nurses Programme

Short Level 5/6/7 course

Please note this course is not currently recruiting for 2015.

The demand in the UK for the recruitment of overseas nurses has grown in recent years, particularly in the Independent sector. The programme aims to support and facilitate recruitment at a time when there is a national shortage of qualified nurses in the UK.

This programme will be suitable for qualified nurses registered overseas who wish to gain Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration.

There has never been a more challenging and exciting time to work in health and social care in the UK and this programme is designed to equip overseas nurses with the professional knowledge and skills required to meet these challenges.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to apply for registration with the NMC enabling them to practice in the UK and will be awarded 20 academic credits at level 6.

Students who choose to continue their studies at the University can use these academic credits as part of a professional degree programme.

The programme is composed of 20 days of protected learning time which will enable students to develop their clinical skills and gain the knowledge necessary to adapt to working as a registered nurse in the UK. Studies include the following:

• Healthcare in the UK

• Legal and ethical aspects of care delivery

• Leadership

• Evidence based practice

• Clinical care

• Multidisciplinary team working

The programme will also incorporate a period of supervised clinical practice within a hospital or nursing home which will enable learners to evidence safe and effective practice. Supervision will be provided by a registered nurse practitioner with stage 2 mentor status.

Further support will be available from the student’s personal academic tutor and the programme leader in addition to the extensive range of academic and personal support mechanisms provided by the university.

Students will be required to complete the following assessments designed to ensure that the content,outcomes and level of the programme are measured in a fair and transparent way:

• Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) of care management skills to be carried out by a suitably qualified registered nurse in the practice environment.

• Professional Portfolio to include a 2000 word reflective account which will be marked against level 6 marking criteria and a Record of Achievement of the NMC competencies.


All prospective students must:

• Be registered as nurses overseas

• Have at least one year’s practical experience

• Meet the NMC standards for registration – a decision letter from the NMC will be required prior to registration.

Visit www.nmc-uk.org for further information.

• Have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 7.0 or above.

• Be able to attend all elements of the Overseas Nurses Programme.

• Have access to a suitable clinical placement.

• Be able to meet the course costs prior to commencement

There is a UK Border Agency requirement for all students to be PBS (Points Based System) registered (the university International Offi ce will be able to assist with this process).

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