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Nursing Competence Assessments

UK Universities – In association with ECG Training Ltd

We have an ongoing relationship with ECG Training Ltd in which our clinical experts provide face-to-face training and assessment on behalf of ECG –  the collaboration has proved to be valuable for both sides. For this program The 625 provide specialist clinicians to observe and assess the pre-registrant nurses.

Successful completion of the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is essential for nurses who have trained outside of the EU/EEA and wish to apply to the NMC register as a nurse or midwife in the UK. 

Prospective registrants act out scenarios which nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. Each separate clinical examination is known as a ‘station’ and candidates will visit all the stations within a set time. Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which all candidates are assessed. Candidates are assessed by a panel of examiners and are filmed for quality assurance purposes. Candidates are expected to demonstrate safe and effective practice in line with the level of competence standards is set out for UK pre-registration candidate.

The OSCE can be undertaken at a number of approved university test centres. When the NMC authorise candidates to take the OSCE, they should contact the university directly.

An individual entering the UK to take a nursing role has up to three months (12 weeks) from the employment start date noted on the certificate of sponsorship to sit the OSCE exam. During this period they can be legally employed as a pre-registration candidate. The OSCE can be undertaken at a number of approved university test centres. When the NMC authorise candidates to take the OSCE, they contact the university directly.