10th July 2017

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) requirements for and (b) costs to nurses trained in Australia and New Zealand are who wish to register for work within the NHS.

Mr Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Health: The information requested is not held by the Department. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent regulator of nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom and is responsible for nurse registration. The NMC has informed us that before nurses who trained in countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) can be admitted to its register it needs to ensure they meet its registration standards.


The NMC’s registration requirements are set out on its website at:

For applicants who trained outside of the EEA these include:

- holding a suitable professional qualification;

- having the necessary post-qualifying practise skills and experience for the part of the register for which they are applying;

- being of good health and good character;

- having the necessary knowledge of English. The NMC requires a minimum score of seven in all areas of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);

- having an appropriate indemnity arrangement in place at the point of practise; and

- paying the relevant fee(s).

With regard to the cost of registration, for nurses who trained in Australia and New Zealand, the NMC has provided the following information:

- £153 application registration fee, paid to the NMC;

- £140 evaluation fee, for assurance of application information, paid to the NMC;

- A fee to sit the test of competence, paid to the test provider;

- A fee to sit the IELTS language test, paid to the test provider; and

- Fees relating to the UK immigration process.

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