Kingdom comprises Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), plus
GMT (GMT + 1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Population: 60.8 million
London - Population: 7.5 million
Yes - since 1973.
is spoken in parts of Wales, Gaelic in parts of Scotland and Northern
Ireland, and French and Norman French in the Channel Islands.)
Predominantly Christian (Church of England, Roman Catholic,
Presbyterian, Methodist), sizeable Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu
Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are
The weather in the UK can vary greatly from day to day, but generally
summer (June-August) will see temperatures between 14-30 °C, and winter
(December-February) around 1-5 °C. The South mostly has higher
temperatures than the North. In the winter months the sun rises
between 7.00 and 8.00 and sets between 16.00 and 18.00. In the
summer months sunrise is between 04.45 and 05.45 and sunset between
20.00 and 21.30.
Nursing in the UK
Healthcare in the UK
Healthcare in the UK is delivered through the world renowned institution of the
National Health Service, set up in 1948 to provide healthcare for all citizens,
based on need, not the ability to pay. It is made up of a wide range of health
professionals, support workers and organisations.
The NHS is funded by
the taxpayer. This means it is accountable to Parliament. It is managed by
Department of Health - which is directly responsible to the secretary of state
employs over a million people and is the face of care offered to the majority of
people in the UK. A national institution, internationally recognised, it's
founding principles and service delivery is envied around the world.
Private Healthcare in the UK
is offered in the UK through approximately 80,000 hospital beds and both
competes and compliments the NHS delivery of healthcare in the UK. There are a
number of private healthcare groups in the UK who operate private hospitals.
Your salary should be automatically paid into your bank account
every month by your employer. You should receive a payslip sent
to the ward or department where you work. This payslip will
contain details of your total pay, any deductions that apply
such as tax, National Insurance or pension contributions, and
any adjustments such as weekend working or overtime.
an overview of the salaries paid by the NHS as of 1 January 2004. Your
actual salary will be determined by the Trust that employs you.
(Age 18+)Auxiliary & Assistants
From £10,050 to £12,615
Auxiliary & Assistants
From £11,825 to £13,920
Enrolled & Auxiliary
From £13,465 to £16,525
Newly Qualified Nurses
From £16,525 to £18,240
Experienced Staff Nurse (Midwives normally start at this grade)
From £17,660 to £21,325
From £19,585 to £24,455
Sister/Charge Nurse (Health Visitors normally start at this
From £23,110 to £27,190
From £25,815 to £30,005
From £25,815 to £30,960
From £28,590 to £32,860
From £28,590 to £33,820
Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor Consultants
From £35,035 to £48,185
Further NHS Benefits
The NHS will
also offer further benefits such as flexible working options, maternity
and paternity leave, career breaks, study leave, compassionate leave,
flexible retirement and a minimum 4 weeks annual leave increasing with
length of service. Paid sick leave also increases with length of
private hospitals in the UK are often higher than salaries paid in the
NHS hospitals. There can also be some extra benefits (such as private
health insurance, yearly health screening etc.) These will vary however
from job to job and in some instances the salaries may be lower and the
benefits not as good as what the NHS roles are offering. You should
check the salary & benefits before you accept a role.
benefits in care homes can also vary dramatically, although they will
most likely be less than in a hospital. Make sure you have all the
information before you accept a job and sign your contract.
Only holders of
first-level qualifications can apply to be registered with the NMC.
It cannot accept applications from those with the following or
equivalent qualifications: enrolled nurse, enrolled midwife, licensed
practical nurse (LPN), vocational nurse, community nurse, state
certified nurse, staff nurse (South Africa), mother craft nurse, nursery
The NMC register is
divided into parts that indicate different specialties or professions.
Overseas applicants can apply to be entered onto the following parts of
1 – Registered General Nurse
3 – Registered Mental Health Nurse
5 – Registered nurse for the mentally handicapped
8 – Registered Sick Children’s Nurse
10 – Registered Midwife
In order to apply for
a particular part of the NMC register you will need to have actually
been trained in that specific area. If you have done a combined course,
you need to check with the NMC if this is acceptable before you apply.
information, please check with the
The Nursing and
Midwifery Council (NMC)
is an organization that has been set up by UK Parliament to ensure that
nurses, midwives and health visitors provide high standards of care to
their patients and clients. The NMC ensures this by maintaining a
register of all nurses, midwives and health visitors in the UK. You
cannot work as a nurse in the UK if you are not registered with the NMC.
The NMC will examine
your record of education, training and experience
and will assess if you are satisfactorily prepared to carry out the
duties of a registered nurse or registered midwife in the United
To see how
to apply to the NMC, please follow the link below.
application fee is £140 and every new applicant must pass the IELTS
Academic language test with a minimum score of 7.0 overall and in each
module before they can begin the application process.
and look in the overseas section
(0) 20 7333 6600 or
You need to be able
to speak English to a certain standard in order to be registered with
the NMC. You must have sufficient command of English to enable you to
competently carry out activities such as:
Communicating effectively with patients, clients and colleagues
Writing and keeping orderly notes and records in such a way that
they could be used as evidence in any legal proceedings
Explaining a patients' condition and interests to others
Keeping up-to-date with relevant research
From 1 September
2007, all overseas applicants (except those from within the EEA)
wishing to apply for registration with the NMC as a nurse will
also have to undertake the IELTS test. The 'academic' module
will be a compulsory requirement and students are expected to
achieve a mark of not less than 7 across all components.
English Language Testing System) tests a range of English language
skills encountered by students when studying or training in English.
There are over 200
Test Centres in more than 100 countries where it is possible
to take the test.
Work Permits (UK)
Work Permits (UK) administers the work permit
arrangements on behalf of the UK Government. Work permit arrangements
allow employers based in the UK to employ people who are not nationals
of a European Economic Area country and who are not entitled to work in
the UK. Your prospective employer is responsible for applying for your
Who requires a work
You will require a
work permit if you wish to work in the UK and are not a national of the
European Economic Area (EEA). Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United
Kingdom and Switzerland.
From May 1st
2004, the EU’s new member states are Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia.
The same rules regarding work permits apply to members of these
countries after this date.
You also do not need
a work permit to work in the UK if you were:
Born in Gibraltar
If you are a
Commonwealth citizen who was allowed to enter or to remain in the UK
on the basis that a grandparent was born here.
Are a husband,
wife or dependent child under the age of 18 of people who hold work
How do apply for a
employer will apply for your work permit on your behalf, although in
order to be able to do this, you will have to supply pieces of
information and documentation to your prospective employer.
What information will
my prospective employer need?
Your employer will
need your Personal Identification Number (PIN) issued by the Nursing and
Midwifery Council (NMC) along with the completed work permit application
(form WP1). If you do not yet have your PIN number, a copy of your
letter from the NMC inviting you to return to them the signed
declaration of good character and the appropriate fee will be
If you are required
to undergo a period of supervised practice, you must be employed at a
NMC authorised establishment throughout the period of the
Does a work permit
for one employer allow me to transfer and work for another employer?
No, work permits are
not transferable. They are issued for an individual to do a specific job
with a specific employer. If you want to work for a British based
employer, they must make a fresh application on your behalf, which will
be considered. You must not start work with the new employer until a
decision on the application has been reached, and the employer has
received notification of this.
information regarding work permits, please
UK Visas was established jointly by the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Office to manage the UK’s
entry clearance (visa) operation.
Visa or entry clearance applications are processed
by entry clearance officers in UK embassies, high commissions and
consulates abroad, collectively known as UK Missions. UK Visas also
deals with applications by people already in the UK to extend their
stay, or to change their immigration status.
If you are currently
outside the United Kingdom, you may need to apply for entry clearance
before you travel. The entry clearance process for the United Kingdom is
run by UK visas through the British diplomatic posts around the world.
The need to apply for
entry clearance will depend on your current nationality and the scheme
under which you wish to come to the United Kingdom. Please check UK visas
Visa Questionnaire to determine whether you need entry clearance as
well as providing details of the nearest British post where you can make
Once you arrive in
the United Kingdom, you may have to register your stay with the police.
If you need to register, this requirement will be stamped in your
passport upon arrival. You must register within seven days of arriving
in the United Kingdom. To register, you will need your passport and two
passport-size photographs of yourself.
information regarding obtaining a visa / entry clearance for the UK,
If you wish to
contact UK visas in writing:
King Charles Street
Bangladesh & Gulf States: +44 (0)20 7008 8302
+44 (0)20 7008 8361
Rest of World:
+44 (0)20 7008 8359
09.00 - 17.00, Monday
to Friday, excluding public holidays:
+44 (0)20 7008 8438
Links / Contacts
Requirements for Overseas Nurses
College of Nursing:
Royal College of