United Kingdom’s Nursing and Midwifery Council announces changes in their policies which will address the shortage of nurses and midwives in their hospitals and other health facilities.
One of the changes involves lowering of costs of their competency exams for nurses, midwives and nursing associates from abroad.
NMC UK has lowered by over 20% the costs of professional tests computer-based test (CBT) and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), exams that overseas nurses, midwives and nursing associates must take to work in the UK.
The reduced costs which will take effect on April 1, 2019 are as follows: cost of CBT from £130 to £90; the full cost of the practical examination from £992 to £794 and the resit cost of the practical examination from £496 to £397.
Test providers have agreed to these changes in the exam fees.
“At a time when many of the ambitions for health and social care developments rely on nurses, midwives and nursing associates in order to be a success, this is one of a number of new proposed measures from the NMC to make it as straightforward and cost effective as possible for people with the right skills to join its register,” NMC said in a statement posted in their website.
Another change in the policy is for those who to re-join the NMC register following a career break may now choose a test of competence to demonstrate that their skills and knowledge are up to date, rather than undertake a course, which can take between three and 12 months to complete.
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Those who will choose a return to practice course, the NMC will no longer state the minimum length of the course. Educators will now be able to consider the skills and experience of the applicants and design the courses accordingly, increasing flexibility.
“By proposing a new way for even more people to get back to work after a break, and reducing the cost of the overseas test, we can enhance the numbers of professionals with the right skills coming onto our register. These are people we know are committed to providing the best and safest care possible,” said Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC.
NMC previously scrapped the 12-month work experience requirement and lowered the IELTS score in Writing category to entice more nurses and midwives to join the register and work in UK.