Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Test of Competence

ANNOUNCEMENT December 2018

The NMC has just announced the following improvement to the OSCE process:

“We’ve been working with our three test centres on changes and improvements, taking into account feedback we’ve had from applicants and employers.

In July we changed our overseas structured clinical exam (OSCE) resit policy, which means applicants only have to resit the parts of the exam they previously failed. Test centres have now aligned the resit fees against the new resit policy, so that the reduced resit fee of £496 will be offered to all applicants who have failed four or fewer stations, regardless of which part of the exam they failed. This will mean more applicants will benefit from the reduced resit fee.

We’ve also been looking at the time between permitted attempts. As of 10 December 2018, anyone resitting an OSCE can do so as early as ten days after their previous attempt”.

Resit requirements are changing for applicants sitting the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) from 16 July 2018. Under these new changes, test centres will only require applicants to re-sit the parts of the OSCE assessment they failed and will not need to re-sit parts of the exam they have previously passed.  For more information please contact your test centre directly. 

As part of our quality assurance processes across all NMC Competence Test Centres, and in response to feedback from candidates, practice partners and other stakeholders, we have reviewed and made some amendments:

For skills stations, we will only assess the skill procedure and there will be no scenario elements to those stations. As a result, the length of skills station assessment times are now all 15 minutes except for Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (17 minutes) and In-Hospital Resuscitation (10 minutes)

  • Clinical skills assessment criteria remain aligned to Royal Marsden procedures

These changes are applicable from 10 September 2018. Please bear these changes in mind when reviewing the handbook online which will be updated accordingly. Some support materials will also be updated to reflect changes made.

We provide Part two of the NMC’s Test of Competence for nurses and midwives seeking registration with the NMC. We have a designated test centre at our Innovation Centre, located directly opposite Northampton Train Station.

To understand our processes, please refer to the candidate journey document that is available to download.

We are aware that some organisations and consultancies are offering OSCE preparation training sessions for candidates for Part two of the Test of Competence. Please be aware that by attending these courses you do so at your own discretion. These training sessions are not endorsed or approved by either the University of Northampton or the NMC and could prepare you inaccurately for the exam.

We have developed a downloadable guide book to help you prepare for your exam.

As part of the review of the overseas registration process we have listened to feedback from applicants, employers and recruiters about how we best support applicants taking the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

As a result, we’re pleased to let you know that in conjunction with all three test centres we have revised and updated our test supporting materials.

The Top Tips document is available on NILE in the ‘All Candidates’ section.  Further documents will be available in the next upcoming weeks.

We’ll review the guidance document regularly, so candidates need to check NILE regularly to make sure they are using the latest version.

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