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OSCE support for Overseas Nurses

Band 3 - Progression to Band 5

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Band 3 - Progression to Band 5
37.5 Hours per week
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Eastbourne DGH or Conquest Hospital
Eastbourne or Hastings
£16,968 per annum
27/02/2018 23:59

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries, schools and in people’s homes. 

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the improving working lives of all our staff. A wide range of staff benefits are available to staff and these include: staff development, pension scheme, on-site nurseries within the acute hospitals, access to sports and social clubs, staff restaurants, on-site accommodation, staff gymnasiums, squash and tennis court plus heated outdoor swimming pool (Eastbourne only), staff lottery.

Please download the Recruitment Information Leaflet for guidance on making a successful application


ESHT is committed to offering new employees an apprenticeship programme of study to support their role. Please ask when you apply/at interview if you are keen to undertake a programme and we can check if there is a suitable one available to match your role (the opportunities available are changing all the time, there may not be something for you at the time of your appointment but a programme may be written over the coming months which suits you).  Apprenticeships are available at level 2 (GCSE equivalent) right up to Degree or  Masters level so don’t forget to check with us.



Are you a registered Overseas Nurse looking for OSCE support to complete your NMC registration?

We are looking for overseas nurses who have achieved the English requirement recognised by the NMC and have successfully completed Part 1 of the NMC Test of Competence CBT to join our International Nurse Programme.

What we can offer you.

If successful at interview you will receive a contract as a Pre-registered Nurse (band 3) on either a medical or surgical ward at either Eastbourne DGH or the Conquest Hospital. As well as being able to improve and consolidate your skills on the ward, you will receive dedicated training sessions from our Clinical Education team to prepare you for your objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

With a 93% OSCE pass rate, we are fully equipped to support you through this examination. On successful registration with the NMC you will receive a permanent Band 5 Staff Nurse contract.

How we support you

In addition to the training programme we will also fund 2 OSCE attempts and travel expenses (up to £75) to the OSCE test centre. You will be responsible for any additional costs, i.e. overnight accommodation in Northampton. 

We can also provide Tier 2 sponsorship for eligible candidates and may be able to provide support for accommodation for any candidates relocating to the area.

Is this for you?

Applicants must hold a nursing qualification and live registration overseas and have a least one year’s experience in the country where the qualification was obtained.   We are only able to accept candidates who have either passed their IELTs to level 7 in all disciplines or passed the OET to a Grade B in all disciplines in the last 24 months, or are English test exempt.

Applicants must also have successfully completed Part 1 of the NMC Test of Competence CBT, and have either received a decision letter from the NMC, or have submitted the required documentation to the NMC.   If you have your CBT booked but have not yet taken the test, please contact us as we may be able to consider your application for future opportunities.

What we need from you.

ESHT is a lovely, friendly and supportive place to work where patient care is our highest priority. We have a lot to offer you. We develop staff at all levels in the Trust and have a loyal nursing workforce of which we are proud. If successful we believe you are worth investing in to help support you to pass your OSCE and become a Registered Nurse in the UK.

Our expectation of you is that you

  • Are committed to all the learning provided and focus on passing your OSCE.
  • Work diligently and make every effort to be part of the team on the ward
  • Remain with the Trust for at least 12 months to build on your skills after receiving your NMC registration. Should you decide the leave the Trust before this ESHT will seek to reclaim the cost of your training programme.
  • Work in a way that makes our values real for every patient and your colleagues. Our ESHT Values are;
    • Respect and Compassion (for each other and our patients) – We care about acting with kindness
    • Working Together – We care about building on everyone’s strengths
    • Engagement and Involvement – We care about involving people in our planning and decision making
    • Improvement and Development – We care about striving to be the best.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Nicola Davis- Recruitment Team Lead

01323 417400 ext. 3019

If you have problems applying, contact

01323 417 400 ext 3019