International nurse recruitment programme

We know that starting a career can be tough, even more so if it involves moving to another country. This is why our nursing development and education team have launched a recruitment scheme to support nurses moving to the UK. 

The programme

This programme supports international nurses while they take their objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). All international nurses must have an OSCE in order to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and work in the UK. But you will be interviewed and offered a position with the Trust before entering the programme to prepare you for the OSCE. 

The process

A key aim of this programme is to maintain the high standards of nursing at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital. For these standards to be maintained, there are certain things international nurses must have.

  • Before coming to the UK, you will need to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • When you've passed this, you can start the first part of the NMC registration process - a computer-based test of your theoretical and practical knowledge
  • After this, you can apply to the NMC, travel to the UK and take your OSCEs

We are only one of a few Trusts who provide such an intensive training programme within a dedicated nurse training skills centre. This ensures our international recruits feel supported whilst preparing for their exam, at a time when they are settling into not only a different healthcare environment but also a different country.

Kathryn Farrow, director of nursing development

What we provide

As well as helping you pass your OSCEs, the nursing development and education team will show you what it's like to work as a nurse in the UK.

When you arrive,  you will get a starter pack to help you settle. This includes:

  • accommodation
  • provisions
  • meal vouchers 

See more benefits of working for us

New trainees go through five weeks of intense, tailor-made tuition in our dedicated training centre at Harefield.

To date, we have recruited over 100 nurses through this programme, who now work across our hospitals. 

Find out more about the programme (PDF, 2.1MB). 

Fraud and staff recruitment outside the UK

We are aware that a number of fraudulent job offers have been made recently, mainly to nurses and medical professionals in the Philippines, but also in some other overseas recruitment areas. We are working hard to resolve this matter but if for any reason you have concerns about the legitimacy of a job advertisement or job offer, please contact the nurse recruitment department on +44 (0)207352 8121.

Further information

Our International nurses work across different departments and laboratories at both Royal Brompton and Harefield sites. Here you can find out more about each unit and how you will gain experience in each of these areas:

Both Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals provide high quality patient care for adults and children. Find out more about our adult heart services and our children's departments and how you can gain experience in both areas: