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We support all our candidates in helping them navigate the steps required to work in the UK.

Unlike other agencies in the market, there will be no fee or costs payable by the candidate to StawiHealth.

Our UK employers offer the following:

  • UK tier 2 visa sponsorship for international candidates
  • Paid Flight to UK
  • Permanent contract
  • OSCE SUPPORT with the BEST tutors!
  • Paid Visa
  • Financial support towards accommodation
  • CBT and NMC fees paid
  • Free adaption program upon arrival
  • Competitive pre registration salaries. Band 5 once registered with the NMC – salaries are in accordance with NHS (Agenda for Change) pay rates
  • Benefits offered to candidates will be based on hospital employer and will be confirmed with the letter of employment

The process

1. NMC English requirement. Prepare/study and pass IELTS (UKVI/Academic) or OET

The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council accepts two language tests as evidence of a nurse’s ability to communicate effectively in English: the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET).


IELTS pass mark: Overall 7.0, 6.5 writing, 7.0 reading, 7.0 speaking, 7.0 listening

Costs: Approximately £180.

Prices can be checked and verified online at https://www.britishcouncil.org/exam

Test centre: Your local British Council office which can be found here: https://www.britishcouncil.org/

Where to register: Online via https://www.britishcouncil.org/exam or call your local British Council.

Preparation material: Free online materials are available here: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/teach-ielts/resources. There also may be local institutions offering exam preparation and training in your country


OET pass mark: At least a grade C+ in the writing section, at least a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Costs: Approximately $587 AUD, €390, £349 or local currency equivalent.

Test dates, locations and where to register:

Preparation material:

There also may be local institutions offering exam preparation and training in your country

2. Email us your documents

Email the following documents to nurses@stawihealth.co.uk

1) CV/resume
2) IELTS pass mark
3) Skype ID (for interviews)
4) Passport copy (you can give this to us later if you don’t have it now)
5) Short motivation paragraph/3 lines as to why you want to work in the UK – this will not affect the outcome of your application but more as an insight into the reasons for wanting to pursue an opportunity in the UK. Please may it not be something you want us to hear, but more of an honest overview as to your thoughts/reasons, in your own words, of why you want to work in the UK

3. Skype interview for candidate with potential hospitals and job offers made

Selected candidates will be invited to interview via skype. Candidates should prepare for the interview; research the potential employers hospital; dress appropriately; showcase their knowledge and training; and practice before hand

Successful candidates would receive an offer. Your offer letter will confirm what costs your employer will cover, which typically (depending on the employer) would be:

  • Flight to UK (up to £500)
  • Free airport pick up and free accommodation in the UK of between 4 to 8 weeks.
  • OSCE support once you arrive in the UK
  • IELTS, Visa, CBT, NMC and health surcharge fees
  • Adaption programs upon arrival in the UK
4. Apply with the UK NMC to become a Registered Nurse/Midwife

Create an account with the UK NMC; do an online self-assessment (stage 1) of your eligibility

Where to register: Online at https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/register-nurse-midwife/trained-outside-the-eueea/

UK NMC registration fee: £140

5. Do the CBT (Computer based test) offered by Pearson VUE

Test format: 120 multiple choice questions done in 4 hours covering drug calculations, NMC code and patient safety

Where to register: Online (instructions provided by the UK NMC)

Cost: approx. £83

Further detail can be found here:

6. Submit documents to UK NMC

The UK NMC will notify you of your CBT result and advise you on what documents to provide. Further guidance can be found at:

7. NMC Decision Letter Queue, Submit additional docs to us

Once all documents are submitted to the NMC, your application in the Decision Letter queue. The NMC Decision Letter could take around 60 days to be issued

Whilst you are waiting on your Decision Letter from the NMC you would send us documents we would require for the hospital – a list of these documents will be sent to you in a separate email once you have completed CBT and we would need all these documents before you receive your Decision Letter

8. NMC Decision Letter issued, Certificate of Sponsorship issued

Please email us a copy of your NMC Decision Letter once received which we will forward onto the hospital together with any outstanding information the hospital requires

Once all documents are received and approved by the hospital, your start date will be confirmed and they will then request a Certificate of Sponsorship which takes around 2 weeks to issue

Note, the NMC Decision Letter stipulates a time frame in which to complete OSCEs (which will be done when you arrive in the UK). It is important to provide all required documents when requested so as to meet the timeframes

9. Visa and Biometrics

Once we receive your COS, we will send you a copy so you can apply for your visa online Once your Biometrics appointment is complete, the visa normally takes 15 days to be issued

10. Departure for the UK

Once visa approved, we will confirm flight dates. Please do not book a flight date until we have approval from the hospital on arrival times and dates

Note, if you are in a location that may involve transiting via the USA on your way to the UK

(e.g. Jamaica), you will require to obtain a US transit visa so please make the necessary arrangements to do so

Meet and great at a UK hospital and transfer directly to your UK employer hospital accomodation

11. UK onboarding and OSCE prep

Various UK based onboarding and orientation activities. UK OSCE prep and examination and admission to NMC register

Further details pertaining to day 1 arrival will be provided before you leave your home country

12. Additional information. Relocating with family
Should you plan to sponsoring family members to join you in the UK, please be aware that all related costs for this will be for your personal expense and is not covered by the hospital. The links below have further information on the process and costs involved

Hospital accommodation is provided for a single person (candidate only) and would be available for the time period mentioned in the offer letter for the candidate only. If you are planning on travelling with family once you start you would make arrangements to find own suitable accommodation from when you arrive as family members are not able to make use of on-site accommodation

Candidates who would like to sponsor family members find it better to relocate on their own first, get acquainted with wherever they are in the UK, stay on-site in hospital accommodation for the period mentioned in the offer letter and once they have settled in and completed their OSCE, then have family members join them