At GHS, we recognise that starting your career abroad may be challenging, even if you have friends and family in that country. It is for this reason we have developed a nursing, education and pastoral care programme to support GHS nurses wishing to move to the UK.
We will ensure that you are placed in a hospital to match your skillset and personal preferences.
Your journey with GHS starts as soon as you enrol onto our programme and continues when you land in the UK. We appreciate just how difficult it can be to start a new life in a different country. We want to give you the best experience possible and be with you as you begin your incredible journey.
We will go the extra mile for our nurses
An overseas nurse wishing to work in the UK must complete the following:
IELTS or OET
All overseas and EU/EEA qualified nurses are required to pass the academic International Language Testing System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET).
The requirements for IELTs
Candidates are required to achieve at least 7.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking modules. Candidates taking the test must not have scored below 6.5 in any of the named categories.
The requirements for OET
Candidates must achieve a minimum B grade in listening, reading and speaking and a C+ in writing
This is a Computer Based Test (CBT) consisting of 120 multiple choice questions (MCQ) to be answered over four hours. The CBT tests the candidate’s theoretical and practice-based knowledge.
Candidates will have three attempts to sit the CBT as part of one application, with a minimum of ten days in between each sitting.
Candidates will be required to pass the CBT within six months of completing their eligibility. If candidates have not completed the CBT within six months of completing their eligibility it will expire and it will be necessary to complete the online self- assessment again.
If the candidate is unsuccessful on their third attempt, the application will close, and candidates will need to wait six months in order to restart the application process.
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is designed to assess the ability to apply professional nursing skills in practice.
The OSCE is based on UK pre-registration standards. Candidates are required to act out scenarios that nurses or midwives are likely to encounter when assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating care.
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. Applicants must complete the OSCE in the UK at an approved test centre.
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- As proof of identity, two identification documents for example an Aadhar card, passport;
- Criminal record/police check.
- Confirmation of the candidate’s employment history to include two references.
- At least one of reference from an employer.
- Certified documents to support professional registration and qualifications.
- A medical Health Clearance Certificate to satisfy the Department of Health criteria
- A skills and aptitude test
A remote digital interview will also take place.
To apply for the GHS Programme ...
GHS have developed an online digital training programme to include IELTS, OET, CBT, OSCE uniquely crafted and tailored to suit nurses as well as offering 1-2-1 training sessions to ensure a high pass rate.
We offer a complete training programme or a fast track training programme depending on individual circumstances.
We also provide OSCE preparation as part of either of our programmes which means nurses who have gone through GHS’ training programme are better equipped than most to pass OSCE in the first attempt.
Our training team has over 100 years combined experience in the NHS Healthcare sector
Training For Professionals by Professionals
The teaching is individualised based on the initial assessment results and candidates are able to prepare coursework in their own time. 1-2-1 tutorials are undertaken at times suitable to candidates.
The GHS online platform has numerous mock questions for the tutors and candidates to work together on.
The training programme includes regular tutorials and mock tests to cover contents of individual stations in the OSCE and is delivered by doctors.
After arrival in the UK and prior to sitting the exam, GHS candidates will receive an intensive 2-day OSCE course in our UK training centre.
Our online digital training programme coverng IELTS, OET, CBT, OSCE is uniquely crafted and tailored to suit nurses.
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GHS is proud to partner with healthcare providers in the public sector to include, NHS trusts, primary care in the community as well as nursing and care homes in the private sector.
We are also able to place specialist healthcare professionals in fields such as in mental health, intensive care, heart failure, palliative care.
The UK Government has recently launched the new Health and Care Visa with the objective to make the process cheaper, quicker and more efficient for healthcare professional from around the world to come to the UK. As part of this new process:
- There will be a complete Immigration Health Surcharge exemption meaning you will have immediate and free access to the NHS
- Applications will be processed within a two to three-week timeframe giving you fast track entry to the UK
- Dedicated support will be available ensuring the smooth progression of the application.
We appreciate just how daunting it can be to apply for a visa. It is our commitment to support and guide you through the visa application stage.
If you also require advice for your family members, we have partnered with Rajesh Rai who is Barrister specialising in Immigration Law at established Barristers chambers 1MBC, Chambers of John Benson QC and will be able to support.
We are passionate to ensure that every measure is taken to set GHS nurses for success and recognise the huge role pastoral care plays in the success of our programme.
At GHS, we promote an ethos and culture of support and mentorship. This begins as soon as you make first contact with GHS to enquire about coming to work in the NHS, through to when you arrive in the UK and are placed in NHS Trusts.
Our holistic approach meets the personal, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of every nurse, in order ensure you can participate fully and gain maximum benefit from everything the NHS and the UK has to offer. The GHS Pastoral Care Framework is defined as an entitlement for every nurse in four key areas: personal guidance, educational guidance, cultural guidance, practical guidance. The framework will guide, support you through many situations you may face for example:
- Support and guidance in setting up bank accounts;
- Be on call to answer any queries you may have;
- Assistance in getting to know where you will be living, working;
- Be on call to answer any queries you may have
We believe our programme is unique and reflects advice from the NMC on factors that influence pass rates:
“There are a number of factors that influence an applicant’s success rate, in particular for the OSCE…….
The most important factor is test preparation and having access to good quality support. The vast majority of applicants are supported by an employer or recruitment agency and the level of support and quality of test preparation can vary greatly.
The impact of pastoral care that is given to applicants during the settling in, preparation period and on the day of the OSCE should not be underestimated. This period can often be emotional and, at times, stressful due to the high levels of pressure and responsibility that many candidates face.”
We want you to be safe, happy and supported.
The NHS starting salary £22,128 to £28,746 per annum
Internationally recognised Certificate/ Diploma in Health and Social Care
Teaching and training from experienced international tutors based in the UK
Guaranteed sourcing and placement into the NHS
A UK welcome pack including flight ticket, airport transport, personal welcome and orientation on arrival
Three Year Visa with option to extend and potential permanent stay
Eligibility to bring spouse and children across
Ongoing pastoral support
GHS is unique in its approach in being supportive from the time of expression of interest to settling into the first placement in the UK and beyond. Professional and pastoral mentoring support is available on a one to one basis at all stages of the process.
- Guidance with individual needs for preparation to pass the above required exams
- VISA and registration with NMC – once placement is confirmed in the UK, GHS offers full assistance in obtaining Tier 2 VISA. Tier 2 VISA is a work Visa that is needed for immigration of a skilled applicant to work in UK as a Doctor, Nurse or any other health care professional.
- Full assistance in travel arrangements, initial meet and greet service on arrival and settling in accommodation provided.
- Continued advice and sign posting to ensure fitness for practice is in place till annual placement appraisal is conducted.