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NMC updates overseas application rules

Two new steps for overseas nurses and midwives hoping to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have been announced. 

The changes form the latest stage of NMC's review into the registration process, with the aim of ensuring it is “as robust as possible”. 

The sector regulator claims that the tests will “strengthen registration” of overseas nurses.  

NMC chief executive Jackie Smith said: “The vast majority of overseas nurses and midwives deliver care to a good standard but we have been clear that all our registration processes must be suitable and effective.”

A mandatory test of clinical competence for applications from outside Europe is currently being consulted on. 

NMC said the test could take a year to introduce following the consultation. 

Face to face identity checks will also be introduced for overseas applications, which is be introduced in around two months.