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Sussex Partnership welcomes job applications from Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) from a diverse range of countries.

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) expects you to complete the following requirements to become a Registered Mental Health Nurse in the UK:

  • Accepted NMC English Language proficiency: either International English Language Testing System (IELTS) grade 7.0 or above in Speaking, Listening, Reading, grade 6.5 or above in Writing or Occupational English Test (OET) grade B or above in Speaking, Listening, Reading, grade C+ or above in Writing.
  • NMC Registration Evaluation: requires non-returnable fee (£140) for NMC to assess your original nursing documents.
  • Test of Competence (Part 1): commonly known as Computer Based Test (CBT).

This exam needs to be taken in one of the national test centres once you are in the UK.

  • Test of Competence (Part 2): commonly known as Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Please click on link below to get more information on the requirements:

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The International Nurse Recruitment team are dedicated to help identify and address any concerns you might have prior to your arrival, as well as ensuring there is local support for you once you arrive.

Prior to your arrival in the UK we will ask you to complete a Pastoral Support Questionnaire that lets you explain about yourself. This will help us to identify information and resources that are specific to your personal interests and needs.

Once in the UK you will be supported by our educators to prepare, train and complete your Mental Health Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and successfully join the NMC register as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN).

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All Internationally Educated Nurses arriving in the UK are asked to join the NMC register as a Band 5 and are expected to complete their preceptorship within their team. This helps with the transition and cultural adaptation to UK nursing practice. For those with specific mental health experience, managers will discuss career progression within Sussex Partnership as part of your regular supervision. All staff are encouraged to work to the best of their abilities and expand on their existing nursing knowledge as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and to explore the opportunities that working for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust can offer.

For further information about the NMC registration process click the link below:

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Applicants should take time to ensure that they are following the correct mental health pathway application to join the register as a Mental Health Nurse. Please contact the team for further advice and support if you are unsure and we will help you.

The International Nurse Recruitment team are looking forward to working with you to support your transition to one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK’s and would ask you to contact the team with any queries please using the link below:

For more information on how to join our team please email the International Nurse Recruitment team:

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