Education and Practice requirements for UK Nurse

Education and Practice requirements for UK Nurse

Education requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed at least 10 years of school education before starting a post-secondary education nursing or midwifery training programme, leading to registration in their home country as an entry-level registered nurse or midwife.

Registration requirements

If applicants have worked as a nurse or midwife in more than one country or state, we require them to be registered with the licensing authority or registration body in all the countries/states where they have worked. We will require verification from that authority regardless of the length of their employment.

Applicants must provide the details of all practice undertaken as a registered nurse or midwife including verification documents and registration certificates.

Practice requirements

At the time of the application, the applicant must have practised as a registered nurse or midwife for at least 12 months (full time or the part-time equivalent) after qualifying. This post-registration experience must be relevant to the field of practice the applicant is applying for. Any practice that is not covered by registration cannot be considered for the requirement of 12-month post-registration experience.

If the applicant is a midwife but has not practised midwifery in the five years prior to their application, they must do a return to midwifery practice course in their home country before they can apply to register with us.

Special advice for refugees and asylum seekers

If the applicant is a refugee or asylum seeker, they should contact us for advice before making an application. Applicants must fill in the application form in full. If they are unable to fill in any part of the form, we request that they send it to us with a supporting letter explaining why

At the very least, we require photocopies of:

  • their nursing or midwifery diplomas and registration certificates
  • their transcript of training broken down into theoretical and clinical hours of study
  • employment references confirming their good health and good character
  • verification from the relevant licensing authority or registration body

If the applicant cannot provide any of these documents, we may not be able to assess their application. Agencies that support asylum seekers and refugees may be able to help obtain the information required to apply for registration.

Please keep copies of all documents that are sent to us, as we cannot return them. If the applicant decides to apply for registration, they must send us, with their application form:

  • a copy of their immigration letter
  • a copy of their UK Home Office letter confirming their status
  • a letter from social security
  • a UK Home Office Pin card.

If the applicant can provide these documents, they may not need to pay the application fee.

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