NMC Slashes Fees for CBT and OSCE Exams
In an important update, Nurses and Midwifery Council, United Kingdom has slashed the prices of CBT exam as well as OSCE. More details are given below
NMC UK Cuts the Prices for OSCE and CBT
The cost of the professional test of competence that overseas nurses, midwives and nursing associates must take to work in the UK will reduce by more than 20 percent from 1 April 2019.
How much is the new rates?
The change, which we agreed with the organisations who provide the test, will reduce the cost of the computer-based test from £130 to £90; the full cost of the practical examination from £992 to £794 and the resit cost of the practical examination from £496 to £397.
This is one of a number of new proposed measures to make it as straightforward and cost effective as possible for people with the right skills to join its register.
Good News for People who wants to rejoin the NMC register
Additional new proposals would also see those wanting to re-join the register following a career break being able to choose a test of competence to demonstrate that their skills and knowledge are up to date, rather than undertake a course, which can take between three and 12 months to complete.
Furthermore, where people do choose a return to practice course, we will no longer state the minimum length of the course. Educators will now be able to consider the skills and experience of the applicants and design the courses accordingly, increasing flexibility.
What CEO of NMC has to say?
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, said:
“As today’s report from the Health Foundation, King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust lays bare; these are challenging times for health and social care with high vacancy and turnover rates – including over 40,000 current vacant nursing posts in the NHS in England alone – and around 5,000 nursing vacancies in social care.
We know this has a direct and too often detrimental impact on the environment that nurses, midwives and nursing associates work in and the quality and experience of care people receive.
By proposing a new way for even more people to get back to work after a break, and reducing the cost of the overseas test, we can enhance the numbers of professionals with the right skills coming onto our register. These are people we know are committed to providing the best and safest care possible.
I hope both of these changes show that the NMC is playing its part in positively addressing the nursing and midwifery shortages that exist in health services, adult social care services and within local communities across the UK.”
Courtesy – NMC UK
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