At Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust we offer a bespoke International Nurse Recruitment Program to fully support our new starters in achieving their potential. Moving to the UK can be a daunting experience but our International Recruitment Team will be able to support you every step of the way.
Registration – Nursing & Midwifery Council
To become a Nurse or Midwife in the UK, you will need to register with the NMC and complete all the necessary stages prior to deployment to the UK.
For further information on how to apply for your registration click on the link below:
Register as a nurse or midwife if you trained outside the UK – The Nursing and Midwifery Council
Before you are able to join us and be eligible for an interview, you will need to meet each of the following criteria:
- Passed your OET/IELTS English Language Test at the required level
- Began the registration process with the Nursing and Midwifery Council ‘NMC’
- Completed or booked your CBT
- Demonstrable experience within an acute hospital setting
To apply please visit Our Vacancies – Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Careers (fhft.nhs.uk) page or you can find it on the national NHS portal and apply for our dedicated ‘International Educated Nurses’ vacancy. You will be required to complete an application form and submitted electronically. Once you have submitted your application, this will then be shortlisted by the recruitment panel and if you are successful, you will be invited to interview.
- Please note if you are unable to find our dedicated vacancy on ‘Our Vacancies’ or our national NHS platform this implies we are currently not recruiting International Educated Nurses.
We offer Face to Face interviews if you are already in the UK or we can arrange a virtual interview if you are overseas.
If you are successful at interview, you will be offered the role on a conditional basis. This means you will need to be cleared through the Trust employment checks. Once cleared you will be issued your unconditional offer of employment.
Typical checks are as follows:
- Police Check
- ID and Right to Work Check in the UK – we would issue Cos so maybe just ID
- Qualification Checks
- Occupational Health
- NMC Criteria
- Nursing qualifications
Sponsorship – You will be sponsored by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust for the purposes of your visa application. We will apply for your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) before you make your individual application. For further information please click here.
You’ll be told what you need to do when you apply.
Our dedicated International Recruitment Team will complete all pre-employment checks prior to you starting at the Trust. Once onboarded you will become a Band 3 International Educated Nurse, complete your OSCE training, pass your OSCE exam. Once successfully fully registered with the NMC you will automatically be promoted to become a band 5 staff nurse; but the support does not stop there. You would initially be supernumerary, followed by mentored support through your Preceptorship programme on the wards by our experienced nurses and clinicians.
There are different types of accommodation available on all 3 hospital sites for international nurses. With this programme, we are able to offer 8 weeks accommodation, which is funded by the Trust, to help you settle into your new job.
During this time you may be living with some of your colleagues from your group but you will have your own private space. Please let us know if you have any specific requirements around accommodation and we will do our best to accommodate this.
During your 8 weeks you’ll be supported to find your own accommodation, whether that is living alone, shared with a colleague or with your family that may be joining you.
For further information on our accommodation please click on the accommodation tab found on this website.
The Objective Structured Clinical Examination ‘OSCE Bootcamp’ training programme at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is a program facilitated by the Clinical Education Teams and consists of a 4 week intensive study programme to help you prepare for the OSCE exam in order to gain your NMC PIN.
Throughout the OSCE training programme ‘Bootcamp’, you will be fully supported by a dedicated trainer and given the opportunity to practise the skills which will be assessed in the OSCE itself.
The OSCE Training Bootcamp will also cover essential clinical discussions such as clinical skills, documentation, decision making & escalation, effective communication, professional growth and a lot more.
The full course features a mock assessment to ensure you have the opportunity to practice your skills under exam conditions in preparation for the final exam.
You will be fully supported throughout your journey to attain your NMC PIN. You and your colleagues will have transportation arrangements booked on your behalf to the OSCE test centre.
Once successfully fully registered with the NMC, you will automatically be promoted to become a band 5 Staff Nurse, but the support doesn’t stop there as you will then be instantly enrolled on to the Preceptorship Program to continue your professional development which is specifically designed to meet developmental needs of newly registered practitioners.
Part 2 is a midwifery objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The OSCE is designed to assess your ability to competently apply your professional midwifery skills and knowledge in the UK. You will be supported by a dedicated trainer and given the opportunity to practice the skills which will be in the OSCE itself.
In Part 2, you will be tested on your clinical and communication skills. In other words, you will demonstrate how you apply holistic woman-centred midwifery care and how you apply key clinical skills. The training program facilitates the alignment of the midwives skills to the test of competence handbook and the NMC blueprints.
These set out the scope and content of the examination in terms of the topics, skills and procedures that a newly registered midwife would need to know and be able to do.
Besides the support you’ll receive from your colleagues in your department, you’ll also receive excellent initial and ongoing support from the Trust’s wider teams.
In particular, you’ll receive support from:
The International Resourcing Team – responsible for arranging OSCE travel and initial accommodation, bank appointments, providing advice about the local areas and all other elements of pastoral support.
The Clinical Education Team – responsible for providing training and support to prepare for the OSCE exam, as well as ongoing support throughout your career with us. When you join us, you won’t be alone. Other nurses we have recruited will travel at the same time, we find that this approach benefits nurses starting as they are able to support one another as they journey through what can be a daunting process together. Don’t worry though; we are always on hand to offer support and guidance.
Arriving in the UK – Our International Resourcing Team will liaise with you to discuss appropriate travel arrangements for you to be collected from the airport to bring you back to your accommodation. Our team love doing this part as they finally get to meet the people they’ve been busy working with, and share in your excitement as you embark on your journey with us.
Development – You will be given every opportunity to progress your career – which could mean specialising or earning promotions. As a large Trust with many specialist departments across three major hospitals there is enviable scope to develop your career in many different directions.
For further information on our development opportunities please click here.