Test centre for nurses and midwives

Northampton has opened the UK’s first practical assessment centre for nurses and midwives who completed their training outside of Europe

The University of Northampton’s School of Health will be delivering the new Test of Competence on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which will ensure that the hundreds of nurses and midwives who are internationally educated and wish to practise in the UK are assessed in a robust and objective way.

The new assessment process will consist of two parts – a multiple choice computer-based exam, and a practical clinical examination to be held at the University of Northampton. The system will ensure that all people joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register are meeting the UK standards.

The Competence Test Centre was opened by Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, a ceremony attended by professionals from various healthcare organisations.

Moira Ingham, Dean of the University of Northampton’s School of Health said: ‘The University of Northampton’s School of Health has been working closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to develop a fit for purpose competency assessment package for nurses and midwives who trained internationally, but wish to practise as registrants in the UK. This builds on our previous work with the NMC on providing the aptitude test for EU nurses and midwives.

‘Clearly these assessments must place patient care and safety at the heart of the process. In conjunction with the NMC, academics and practitioners at the University have developed practical and examination based aptitude tests, designed to assess knowledge, skills and behaviours across the fields of nursing and midwifery practice. Once in operation these assessments will be reviewed and evaluated to ensure they remain fit for purpose and that they continue to meet current legislation and health care providers’ needs.”

The Competence Test Centre will be based at the University of Northampton’s Park Campus.

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