Webinar Day 4, live updates: Nursing practice in UK, all you need to know.

Guest:Adesuwa Akachukwu
International recruitment consultant (Director Akades Services UK)


Adesuwa Akachukwu- Okoronkwo

Adesuwa Akachukwu- Okoronkwo

Profile for Adesuwa Akachukwu- Okoronkwo

Who is she?

A lover of Jesus, a wife and a mother, married to the most amazing man who we work hand in hand together in our journey in life. I am trusted by God with two beautiful children. I was born and raised in Nigeria, schooled in Benin City and did my early education university education in Edo state University and University of Benin before going abroad for further studies in the UK.

Applied Community Studies graduate from the University of Bolton with expertise in Health and social care within the community and great interest in healthcare management, recruitment, community rehabilitation, positive engagement, poverty eradication, community development, counselling, advice and guidance, career development, welfare right, youth empowerment, equality and diversity and training, I have years of experience within the community and voluntary sector. I am a recruitment consultant and agent who currently manage and run Akades Educational Services, Akades Healthcare Services and Akades Services Limited.

I am passionate about Jesus Christ and making positive impact!

[4/18, 7:09 PM] Speaker – Akades: Hello Great and brilliant Nurses, it is a great privilege to share with you the steps and procedures involved in UK migration.
[4/18, 7:10 PM] Speaker – Akades: Thank you for the warm welcome🙏🏾🙏🏾
[4/18, 7:12 PM] Speaker – Akades: I want to express my profound gratitude and admiration to the organisers of this webinar and his team, you are sure going places. And for all our participants thanks you for the opportunity
[4/18, 7:13 PM] Speaker – Akades: I will be discussing nursing migrating to the UK, pleasse feel free to send in your questions as we go on.
[4/18, 7:13 PM] Speaker – Akades: The United Kingdom (UK) comprises four countries: England, Scotland and Wales (which collectively make up Great Britain) and Northern Ireland (which is variously described as a country, province or region).

Why has united kingdom opened their doors to Nurses overseas? The National Health Services (NHS) is undergoing shortages of nurses. Unless new NHS staff can quickly be recruited and trained, the NHS simply will not have the workers available to meet the demand for healthcare expected over the next decade.” The NHS in England is already short of over 100,000 staff, including 10,000 doctors and 40,000 nurses, official figure.
[4/18, 7:14 PM] Speaker – Akades: To practise, all nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

First level nurses make up the bulk of the registered nurses in the UK. General nurses at this level were previously known as state registered nurses (SRN) and later as registered general nurses (RGN).

Specialist nurses
The NHS employs a huge variety of specialist nurses. These nurses have many years of experience in their field, in addition to extra education and training.They split into several major groups:

Nurse Practitioners, these nurses carry out care at an advanced practice level. They often perform roles similar to those of doctors. They commonly work in primary care (e.g., GP surgeries) or A&E departments, although they are increasingly being seen in other areas of practice.

Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, traditionally known as District Nurses and Health Visitors, this group of practitioners now includes many School Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses.

Clinical Nurse Specialists, these roles commonly provide clinical leadership and education for the Staff Nurses working in their department, and will also have special skills and knowledge which ward nurses can draw upon.

Nurse Consultants, these nurses are similar in many ways to the clinical nurse specialist, but at a higher level. These practitioners are responsible for clinical education and training of those in their department, and many also have active research and publication activities.

Lecturer-Practitioners, these nurses work both in the NHS, and in universities. They typically work for 2–3 days per week in each setting. In university, they may train pre-registration student nurses and often teach on specialist courses for post-registration nurses (e.g. a Lecturer-practitioner in critical care may teach on a Masters degree in critical care nursing). Lecturer-Practitioners are now more often referred to by the more common job title of Practice Education Facilitators (shortened by student nurses to PEFs).

Lecturers, these nurses are not employed by the NHS. Instead they work full-time in universities, both teaching and performing research. Typically lecturers in nursing are qualified to a minimum of master’s degree and some are also qualified to PhD level. Some senior lecturers also attain the title of Professor. This title is more often the School/Department Dean e.g. Dean/Vice Dean School of Health & Social Care.
[4/18, 7:15 PM] Speaker – Akades: Outlined below are a brief overview of the programme titles and a short synopsis of each. Our guides contains detailed descriptions of every stage of your journey to the UK and NMC Requirements.

The NMC requires all applicants to meet certain requirements before applying to join the nursing register in the UK. For the full list of requirements, you can get more information from this link www.nmc.org.uk/ requirement for nurses register outside UK/ EEA

With regards to the IELTS language requirements, Akades have a system in place as part of the UK Nursing Programme to assist you with passing your IELTS. Let us find out more about NMC!
[4/18, 7:17 PM] Speaker – Akades: Who is the NMC ?

The NMC is the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Nurses in the UK follow the Code of Practice for Nurses & Midwives. You cannot work and practice nursing in the UK without formal registration with the NMC and a NMC Pin.
[4/18, 7:17 PM] Speaker – Akades: Step one Demonstrating English proficiency!
Accepted English language tests

NMC currently accept two language tests as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in English: the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET).

The IELTS and the OET are used across the world. They are often chosen to test the language competency of healthcare professionals in the UK.

International English Language Test System (IELTS)
If you have completed an IELTS Academic examination you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms:

at least 7.0 in the listening, speaking and reading sections
at least 6.5 in the writing and
at least 7.0 overall.
[4/18, 7:18 PM] Speaker – Akades: Occupational English Test (OET)
If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms:

at least a B grade in listening and reading, and
at least a B grade in writing and speaking.
NMC will only accept results from OET tests taken from May 2016 onwards.
[4/18, 7:18 PM] Speaker – Akades: Combining tests
You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

you sit the tests within six months of each other, and
you are tested in all four skills at the same time, and
if you take an IELTS test, all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and you achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together, or
if you take the OET, all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+ and you achieve Grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together.
Test scores are valid for two years

IELTS UKVI covers both NMC registration and used to demonstrate English proficiency for immigration purposes. Cist 97,000 naira

IELTS Academic is just for NMC Registration. About 75,000 naira
[4/18, 7:19 PM] Speaker – Akades: What is the test of competence or CBT?

As part of your NMC registration application process, you will have to sit the CBT after you have passed the NMC’s eligibility requirements. This is a Computer Based Test (CBT) and is administered by PEARSON VUE on behalf of the NMC. It consists of 120 multiple choice questions and you have 4 hours to complete it. After the NMC has assessed your application, they will send you a link to your email address you provided when you registered on the NMC’s web portal. This registration link will allow you to book and pay for your CBT, including the closest PEARSON VUE test facility closest to you. Cost is £90 which is equivalent to 42,000 naira.
[4/18, 7:22 PM] Speaker – Akades: GUIDE TO NMC REGISTRATION!

To start with,you with the need to register with UKNMC website https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/register-nurse-midwife/trained-outside-the-eueea/ You will be asked basic information as regards your competence..

New applicants
Applicants must complete an online self-assessment of their eligibility to apply before beginning the application process.
Begin an application
There are different fees for different stages of the application process:

Application for nursing/midwifery £140
Part 1 test of competence (CBT) £130

Against the way it’s stated on their website you would need to have passed CBT before you can proceed to the full registration page where you would need to pay £140 before you can access it.

It’s assumed that you must have passed IELTS before registering. Nmc will notify within 24-48hrs of your through your registered email or you can check your results through your Pearson page on the evening of the exam date

Pass rate for CBT is usually 70-80%…the material are available online and we can get you some if you want.
After passing IELTS and CBT. …you would need to submit some documents before you will receive a decision.
[4/18, 7:23 PM] Speaker – Akades: Section 1: Proof of Identification

* Passport – will need to have at least one-year validity remaining.
* Birth Certificate – all the details on the birth certificate must be clearly discernible. If not you will need to get an official transcription of the records archived on the birth register at the time of your birth.
*CV showing your full employment history from your nursing qualification until now. Any gaps you have in your CV will have to be explained on the CV. Your CV should be checked properly before you upload it.

All these documents will be uploaded to your online application.
[4/18, 7:24 PM] Speaker – Akades: Section 2: Professional Education and training

*Qualification Certificate – this must be uploaded on your online portal.
*NMC Form to Accompany Transcript of Training – this is completed by your university or school of nursing and must be couriered to the NMC. It must have your theoretical and clinical studies in clock hours separately.
Any other qualification you include in addition to your nursing qualification will result in new transcript being generated which will need to be submitted to the NMC.

[4/18, 7:27 PM] Speaker – Akades: Section 3: Post-qualification Registration

Registration Certificate –Registration Authority Certificate for every country you have worked in as a nurse. This must be uploaded on your online application.if you don’t have your certificate, use your notification of registration with a letter from your school confirming your certificate is not ready.
[4/18, 7:29 PM] Speaker – Akades: NMC Registration Authority Verification – This is to be completed by the Registration Authority nominated on the online application and must be couriered to the NMC. This must be submitted to the NMC within 3 months of the date on the form.
For nursing councils verification from Nigeria is 54,000 inclusive of remittance.

[4/18, 7:31 PM] Speaker – Akades: Police check – This must be uploaded & submitted within 3 months of the issue date. These must be uploaded on your online application and must be submitted within 3 months of the issue date. Cost is 5,000 to 10,000 naira

[4/18, 7:33 PM] Speaker – Akades: Section 4: Work Experience

Both referees must have supervised your work for a minimum of 12 months to meet the threshold of experience required form NMC. These referees must clearly be in a senior position to you. All your references can be provided by the same employer if you have worked in one institution alone.

Reference Form 1 – current employer
Reference Form 2 – former employer

[4/18, 7:35 PM] Speaker – Akades: Good Character and Good Health

Declaration of Good Health- this is completed by a physician who will determine that you are in good health to work. This must be submitted within 3 months of the issue date….it’s recommended not to use ur personal physician or doctor working in your place of work.

After submitting all the necessary requirements…nmc will acknowledge receiving all your documents by uploading them and off course you would need to close your application by submission….. you will see a message on your wall that your application will be attended to within 40 to 60 working days..you can from there send them mail or call of when you enter que for Decision…if your application is without major error they should issue ur decision within a two to four weeks of being on the queue.

[4/18, 7:41 PM] Speaker – Akades: Get a job

International nurses secure jobs through recruitment agents or agency.
Interview are conducted through Skype.

You can either secure job with NHS, Care homes or private care.

NHS are A rated sponsor, so you are not required to prove finances. Your dependant are included in your Certificate of sponsorship

Pre-employment Check

In this part of the programme we outline the steps to take following your successful interview. You will be guided by our international recruitment officer who will provide all the necessary documentation to your new employer in the UK.

[4/18, 7:44 PM] Speaker – Akades: The difference between a care home and National health service (NHS)

[4/18, 7:46 PM] Speaker – Akades: Nursing homes, also known care homes, provide residential carefor elderly or disabled people that often includes around-the-clock nursing care. A nursing home is a place for people who don’t need to be in a hospital but can’t be cared for at home.

In the nursing home facility nurses have the responsibility of caring for the patients medical needs and also the the responsibility of being in charge of other employees, depending on ranks. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and care assistant on hand 24 hours a day.

[4/18, 7:49 PM] Speaker – Akades: The NHS in England, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, and the affiliated Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland were established together in 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War. This is the national health services with different wards catering for tbe health needs of the people in United Kingdom
[4/18, 7:51 PM] Speaker – Akades: Care homes are nurse lead and clinical skills are limited for passing your OSCE. If you get employment in care you will need to register with a private body to help in your training in passing your OSCE.
[4/18, 7:53 PM] Speaker – Akades: If you are employed by NHS, you can train as a pre register nurse in the hospital before your exams. You are exposed to a lot of clinical skills in the NHS and career development.

[4/18, 7:55 PM] Speaker – Akades: VISA Sponsorship

In this guide, we provided detailed step-by-step instructions navigating you through the entire visa application process in obtaining your Certificate of Sponsorship (work permit). This includes making an appointment for your TB screening and VISA appointment and the types of documents required for this. Our team will work with you to make all this happen.Once your visa is issued, send a copy and your BRB letter to us to enable book flight.
[4/18, 7:55 PM] Speaker – Akades: Life in the UK

A welcoming country with a big heart and some of the most beautiful landscapes, lively cities and welcoming people on the planet. Even better, living outside London is not only enjoyable, but generally less expensive than many other areas in the UK – weekly household costs can be 20% cheaper than in London. So have it all for less.


Although house prices and rent are often lower than London, prices vary according to where you live and the type of property you have. The average monthly rent is estimated at £550 or more


The cost of your weekly groceries depends on what you buy, the number of people you shop for and where you go. The average household spends an estimate of £54.80 per week on food, which is lower than London.

Home energy

Home energy prices will depend on how energy efficient your home is and what energy supplier you choose. Most households will spend an estimate of about £25 per week on gas and electricity for their home.

Getting around

Well-organised road, rail and ferry networks link from cities to cities and smaller towns. If you plan ahead, you can often get cheap travel deals.

Public transport

If you’re going to make a trip regularly for work, you can save money by purchasing weekly, monthly or annual season tickets. The average household spends £12.40 per week on public transport.


Generally car prices outside London are similar to every part of the UK. If you know what you’re looking for, you can usually get a good price. Most people outside London spend an average of £23.20 per week on petrol.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

The standard rate of VAT is 20%. Some items such as children’s clothing and most food are zero rated, while VAT on home energy is 5%

To get a job in the UK as international nurse you will need apply through recruitment agent or agency. Your job interview are conducted through Skype. Once you secured an offer, the following steps are to follow:
[4/18, 7:57 PM] Speaker – Akades: Estimated cost involved in UK migration:

-IELTS UKVI is 97,000 naira

-IELTS ACADEMIC 75,000 naira

-CBT is £90 which is equivalent 42,000 naira, -NMC Registration is £140 which is equivalent 64,000 naira plus.

-Tb test is 54,000 naira

-Police report is 5 to 10 naira depends on the station.

-Nursing council verification of result fee in Abuja is 54,000 inclusive of remittance

-passport online application is 20,000 naira
(Walk in application is 30 to 35,000 naira for fast and effective service).


*Visa fees for tier 2 is £610 for 3 years

*NHS Health surcharge is £400 per year and for three years is £,1200
[4/18, 7:59 PM] Speaker – Akades: Most of the NHS trust refund your IELTS, CBT, NMC Registration and pau for your OSCE , flight, VISA and immigration surcharge.
[4/18, 8:01 PM] Speaker – Akades: It is not enough to want to relocate, ask your self why you want to relocate? What do you want to achieve and give back to make Nursing in Nigeria exceedingly great.
[4/18, 8:01 PM] Speaker – Akades: Thank you and feel free to send in your questions, thank you
[4/18, 8:01 PM] Speaker – Akades: Please nursing recruitment is FREE. Be informed
[4/18, 8:02 PM] Speaker – Akades: Thank you

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