Will I get holidays & Pension?

As a full-time employee, you will be entitled to 27 days' paid annual leave, plus 8 public Bank Holidays. All NHS employees are automatically enrolled in the NHS Pension Scheme. 7-9% of your salary will be contributed towards your pension every month and the Trust will make a monthly contribution equal to 14%. You can opt out of the pension scheme if you don't wish to be part of it.

What expenses will the hospital cover?

Different hospitals will offer varying benefits packages; however, many hospitals will cover the following expenses: • IELTS or OET test • NMC application • Computer-Based Test (CBT) • Initial flight ticket • Visa application

Will I receive free medical care?

As a UK resident, you will be entitled to free medical care from the NHS, including access to a GP (doctor), emergency and non-emergency hospital treatment, and other services (e.g. visiting a clinic). You may need to pay for some services, like vaccinations, dental and optical treatment, and prescription medicines.

Who pays for my flight to the UK?

Typically, the Trust will pay for/pay towards your initial flight to the UK. However, Trusts will differ in their benefits packages, so speak to your recruitment consultant about what is on offer to you.

Will my children get free schooling?

Schooling in UK is mandatory and free through State Schools.

Can I bring my family to the UK with me?

Yes, but their accommodation and visas will depend on which Trust you are joining. Some Trusts will provide accommodation for your family but will not cover visa costs for them. However, other Trusts will not provide accommodation or visas for family members at all. You should speak with your recruitment consultant to find out what package the Trust offers. We strongly recommend not bringing your family over to the UK until you have successfully passed the OSCE.

How will AB Hires help me?

• We'll advise you on multiple nursing vacancies in the UK. The vacancies will be based on your personal application and discussed in detail with you to help you choose the best one(s) to apply for. • We will assist you in preparing for your interview with the hospital. • If successful in your interview, we'll liaise with you and the hospital from start to finish, ensuring you're updated on any developments. • Where appropriate, we will provide advice and guidance on your application for NMC registration. • We can help you find the right information and guidance on visa application. • We will arrange for you to be picked up from the airport and travel with you to your hospital accommodation.

What is the OSCE test?

OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination and acts as the second part of your assessment for registration as an overseas nurse. It's a practical test, which involves acting out scenarios that nurses are likely to experience during care. You'll book the OSCE when you arrive in the UK. Your employer will want to guide and support you in registering with the NMC and will, therefore, provide a training period of a few weeks before you sit the OSCE. In addition to training provided by your Trust, we at AB Hires can help you with OSCE Preparation too. Get in touch today to find out more.

How do I register as a nurse in the UK?

To become a nurse in the UK, you will need to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). This applies to all nurses, including General Nurses, Mental Health Nurses and Midwives. You can find more information at https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/ or get in touch today to find out more.

Do I have to pay a fee to AB Hires Team for Recruitment?

No, our services are free of charge to you as we are paid by the hospitals that work with us.

What is the process to become registered nurse in UK?

Any international nurses wishing to start a career in the UK will go through the following: • Take the IELTS Academic and achieve a pass level of 7 OR take the OET and pass with grade B • Start the registration process with NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) and send the required documents to the NMC and receive a invitation for CBT • Submit CV, degree and passport with AB Hires team • Complete a virtual interview with an NHS hospital • Receive an offer letter from the hospital following a successful interview • Arrange to take the CBT (Computer Based Test) and receive invitation letter • Submit Police verification, Identity Proof and references for sponsorship • Receive your Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) and apply for your tier 2 visa • Have a flight booked for travel to the UK • Arrive in the UK and begin working in the NHS as a Band 4 nurse • Take the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) • Once clear OSCE, you become UK Registered Nurse Band 5 and receive a PIN Number.

What is a Band and why are there different numbers?

The NHS uses pay scales called 'Bands'. Each Band represents a level of experience and the salary for every Band will differ. Every year, the NHS pay scales are reviewed. The scales are uniform for every NHS organisation throughout the UK. When you first come to the UK, you will be a Band 4 nurse with a salary of between £19,409 and £22,683 per year, depending on your experience. Your role will be based on full-time hours of 37.5 hours per week. After successfully registering with the NMC and receiving your NMC pin, your Band will increase to Band 5, with a salary of between £22,128 and £28,746 per year.

Who can apply to come to UK?

To be eligible for registration as an EU or overseas nurse in the UK, you'll need a three-year Nursing degree or diploma, plus atleast 6 month's experience working as a nurse. You also need to pass the IELTS or OET English language exams to apply for NMC registration as an overseas nurse. Following the English language tests, you can apply with AB Hires.