Indian nurses have a great career opportunity in due to the domestic lack of nursing jobs in UK and the National Health Service’s (NHS) growing dependability on foreign medical professionals to meet its growth opportunities. There are frequent UK nurse recruitment drives in various countries through which more and more talented individuals are employed to come and work in the UK. As per the NHS statistics, 13.8 % of NHS staff are foreign nationals. This percentage will only grow in the future, and with the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the need for health professionals is more urgent than ever.

Why is the UK a great place for Indian Nurses to work and live?

Nursing jobs in UK offers highly lucrative propositions for Indian nurses, both professionally and personally. The NHS is one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world. It is transforming how the general public can have access to health care services while offering profoundly comprehensive employment opportunities and benefits to its medical professionals. Living in the UK presents the right mix of a bustling city and the quietness of a suburb, also top of the line public education system, childcare services, and being a country strongly invested in sports and culture the UK is a great place to raise a family.

What are the requirements for Indian nurses to work in the UK?

Getting a job in the UK and moving here can be a prolonged process with various phases but with the right guidance, you can make it through like a cakewalk.


You must have a 3-year GNM Diploma or B.Sc. degree in nursing, a current nursing registration from your home country with a minimum of 1 year of work experience, and meet the English Language Requirement.

English Language Requirement:

A candidate must mandatory clear either the IELTS or OET language test as a prerequisite to be eligible for a nursing job in the UK.

  1. IELTS: The IELTS test covers four modules in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The candidates must score a minimum of 7.0 bands in the listening, reading, speaking, and 6.5 bands in writing tests with an aggregate score of 7.0 bands.
  2. OET: The OET is a more specific test for healthcare professionals. The Occupational English Test also covers four modules in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The candidates must score a minimum of C+ in writing beside a minimum of B in reading, listening, and speaking.

Crack your Job Interview:

The next step is to clear the job interview. The UK nurse recruitment agency will set up your interview over Skype or a similar video calling platform with a potential employer. Make the best of this opportunity to create a great impression of yourself and your skills.

NMC & Computer Based Test (CBT):

For all the Indian nurses willing to practice in the UK, they must be registered with the UK Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC ensures that the candidate is qualified enough for safely practicing in the UK. This assessment is made through a Computer Based Test (CBT), which can be taken by the candidate from designated centers. This is the first part of the NMC registration program.

Submit Documents to NHS& COS (Certificate of Sponsorship)

This is the next stage of getting the work permit for the UK from India. You will have to submit all your documents to the NHS for their review and verification. Post reviewing and verifying your credentials you will be provided with COS from your respective NHS trust and you can proceed further to apply for the UK Visa.

Apply for Visa

  1. After clearing all the aforementioned stages, a candidate can apply for their visa from one of the VFS Global branches in India.They are the official visa application partner for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) in India.
  2. The nursing jobs in the UK for Indian nurses fall under the Tier 2 Visa category. Once you’ve received your visa from the VFS Global, the next thing is to book your flight tickets and fly to the UK. Your UK nurse recruitment agency will support to ensure that every document and process is duly followed.

Clear the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE):

The OSCE is the final stage of your NMC registration. The OSCE is more of a practical test, where nurses will be given a set of medical scenarios to test their response and skill in a real-life scenario. You will receive the necessary training to clear the OSCE examinations. Once you clear the OSCE, you will become a registered nurse in the UK and from the NMC you will be provided with a unique identification number.

There is a rising number of nursing vacancies in the UK, and Indian nurses with the right skills and experience have a great opportunity to tap.