Overseas nurses and midwives
Applying to us from overseas to be a nurse or midwife
Nurses and midwives who have trained outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and want to work in the UK as a nurse or midwife must gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This process includes a computer-based test that you can sit in your home country, and then a practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) which will always be held in the UK.
This page on NHS Employers gives full details of gaining NMC registration from abroad, as well as details of the Tier 2 Visa you will need once you have an offer of employment and have passed the OSCE.
Why Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust?
We serve an extremely diverse multi-ethnic inner city population in London, the capital of the UK and one of the world's great cities. This fact alone means there are many benefits to working with us over other Trusts:
- An opportunity to live a very short distance from central London while paying a lower average rent (as of 2019 the average rent across the three London boroughs we serve was 38% a month less than the Inner London average) boroughs, and being able to enjoy the green spaces and wide range of leisure options found in our part of south London.
- A great community spirit: no matter where you are from you are sure to find a thriving social and professional network of people with the same background – both in the Trust and in the local area – who can help you settle in and feel at home.
- A varied and interesting clinical caseload, across two acute hospitals and a dozen community sites, with clinical presentations that many other UK hospitals don’t see – including regular malaria, and sickle cell presentations.
As a Trust, we are on the up, with our 2020 CQC inspection report finding significant improvements across many areas and departments. We have a comittment to upskilling our staff and creating pathways for career development for those who show ambition and skill, and our existing staff make it a priority to welcome new arrivals and make them feel comfortable in their new surroundings – even inviting them to Christmas dinner!
Your guide to working at Lewisham and Greenwich
We are currently in the process of revamping our handbook for international nurses – please check back soon.