African Nurses can Migrate to the UK in these 3 steps.
Step1. Register for IELTS, and makes at least a band of 7. You can combine results not less than 6 months. You can check the British council site for more details about the exam in your country.
Step 2. You’d be required to sit for a computer based test (CBT), which assesses your general nursing knowledge in addition to laws & policies guiding healthcare delivery in the UK. Adequate preparation is vital, study materials can be found online. The Student Edition of the Royal MersdenManual of Clinical Procedure is a good resource for the test. More materials can be found here
Step 3: After successful completion of the CBT test, the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which is a practical examination comes next, and can only be taken in the UK. Immigration regulations allows applicants to apply for either work visa or visitors visa to travel to the UK & sit for this exam, however, It’s wise that you get sponsorships from hospitals and not hospices, because the hospital environment provide practical knowledge that will help with the exam. The OSCE costs £794. You can search for NHS Hospitals employing Nurses, there are many of them depending on what region in the UK you’re interesting in Living. You can also search for recruitment agencies and do the interview.
To learn more about OSCE, check the link. https://www.northampton.ac.uk/about-us/services-and-facilities/nmc-test-of-competence/nmc-test-of-competence-preparation/
This process is actually very simple and can be completed within a year if you’re determined to migrate and take advantage of better wages and other benefits.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop them and someone will answer it.
In terms of employers, between working for the NHS and private homes/hospitals, which one would offer better opportunities for someone coming from Africa?
What's the best way to contact these recruiting firms once done with the first set of exams? Simply search and reach out to them?