Frequently Asked Questions

What are the process steps to work in the UK?

  1. Degree or Diploma in Nursing 
  2. Registered as a nurse in your home country 
  3. Eligible to register with UK NMC
  4. 12 months of nursing experience 
  5. Successfully passed IELTS or OET


What are the benefits of working in the NHS?

  • Full-time permanent positions
  • Flights into the country reimbursed 
  • Visa fees refunded 
  • Assistance and support with accommodation
  • OSCE test fee paid upfront by the hospital 
  • OSCE training provided by the hospital 
  • Career progression/ professional development opportunities 
  • Extra pay for shift differential, overtime & weekend shifts
  • Paid annual leave


What is the NMC?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulator for nursing and midwifery professions in the UK. The NMC maintains a register of all nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practice within the UK. Your application to work as a registered nurse in the UK is considered by them.


What is the CBT?

This is a test of your theoretical practice based nursing knowledge. This multiple choice test can be taken at test centers around the world. Elios will provide you with training materials for the CBT.


Who pays for my flight?

Your airfare to the UK will be paid for by your employer. You have to pay for flight expenses for your family members.


Will my spouse have permission to work in the UK?

Your spouse has permission to work in the UK.


What should I bring with me?

  • The UK’s climate may be quite different from the country you are travelling from. We can guide you on suitable clothing to take with you.
  • Bring UK adaptors for charging your mobile phone and personal computer so you can communicate with friends and family after your arrival.
  • Do not bring substances or medications for which you do not have valid prescriptions, or which violate air travel regulations.
  • Bring all your original documents with you. Your GNF consultant will advise on which documents to carry


What is the OSCE? 

The Objective Structured Clinical Exam will assess your clinical knowledge and can only be completed in the UK. The test will be administered by one of the NMC’s approved university test centers. 


What is the difference between IELTS & OET?

The IELTS test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking environment. The NMC accepts this test to meet the standard of its English language requirement to work in the UK.

Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practice in an English-speaking environment. The NMC accepts this test to meet the standard of its English language requirement to work in the UK.


What do nurses do in the NHS?

Newly qualified nurses work as part of a team and provide direct patient care. As you progress, you can specialize in areas such as Theatre nursing, Pediatric nursing, Mental health nursing and many more.



Questions about the IELTS & OET.

What is IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a test to assess the English Language skills of candidates who want to study, work or migrate to a country where English is the official language of communication. 


What skills are tested in IELTS?

Four skills are tested – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.


How long does it take for IELTS results to be published?

Your results will be published 13 calendar days from the date of your exam.


What is the purpose of IELTS?

The purpose of the IELTS test is to assess the English Language reading, writing, listening and speaking ability of a person who wants to study, work or migrate to an English speaking country.


Who accepts IELTS?

The IELTS score is accepted by more than 9,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Nursing registration bodies in the UK that accept IELTS.


How long is my IELTS score valid?

Your IELTS score is valid for 2 years.


How many times can I appear for IELTS?

You may take the IELTS test as many times as you like. You can use the result of the test you prefer.


What is OET? 

OET is designed to assess the English language skills of candidates who want to study or work in countries where English is the language of communication. It is the English language test for healthcare professionals.

What countries recognize OET as proof of English Language Proficiency?

OET is recognized as proof of English Language proficiency by health regulators in the UK.


How long is my OET score valid?

OET scores are generally valid for 2 years.


How is OET different from other English Tests?

The OET is designed for 12 specific healthcare professions. Tests reflect real workplace tasks and relevant language skills.


How long does it take to receive OET results?

OET results are published on the official website 17 days after the day of the test. Healthcare professionals can access their results by visiting their profiles on the official website.