Becoming a Nurse in the UK

Priory is proud to recruit nurses internationally

We have a number of Mental Health Nurse (RMN) opportunities and a smaller set of Registered Adult Nurse (RGN) roles suitable for candidates who have trained outside of the UK. To be considered for one of our International Nurse opportunities and eligible for our relocation support package, appropriate candidates must be able to achieve full registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK.

NMC applicants must provide:

  • A years’ post-qualified experience as a Nurse
  • A recognised Nursing degree or diploma equivalent to a UK Level 1 Nurse Qualification
  • Proof of your proficiency with the English language. This means if you do not come from a majority English speaking country, or haven’t taken your nursing qualification as a recognised English language nurse, you would need to pass an English Language Test such as the “IELTS”
  • Pass the NMC’s first test of competence, the CBT (Computer Based Test)

Further details and advice on how to join the NMC Register can be reviewed in full on the NMC website.

Visa Sponsorship and full NMC Registration

Once you have been through our interview process, provided all your pre-employment documentation, and completed the NMC steps stated above, Priory can provide you with Visa Sponsorship, and will support your relocation to the UK.

Whilst you will not be fully registered with the NMC as yet, you can still work as a Pre-Registered Nurse.

The final step of joining the NMC’s register is to take an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam). Candidates take their OSCE within their first 12 weeks of joining Priory.

Here at Priory we provide a structured training program with dedicated time in classroom settings to prepare our pre-registered nurses for their OSCE. Providing your training, exam arrangements are all part of our support package for our colleagues joining us as nurses from overseas.

As an organisation with 290 services across the UK, we can offer a range of settings to relocate to, from busy vibrant city locations to rural country settings - all depending on the type of life you want to build!

View our latest vacancies using the button below, or send a CV and ask any questions of our International Recruitment team at

If you are a qualified nurse with post-qualified experience overseas with an interest in an exciting career with Priory, we want to hear from you.

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