Career Opportunities For
Nepalese Nurses in the U.K.

Because of the ever-increasing population of Nepal, patients are also increasing immensely. However, there are not enough hospitals and healthcare centers in Nepal due to which Nursing practice in Nepal is facing a lot of challenges. One of the major challenges is the lack of employment opportunities for nursing students in Nepal. Even if one gets to work as a nurse in Nepal, they don’t get paid much. It will be fitting to say that nurses in Nepal are forced to work on an annual salary of only 225,000 and even less.

As there are not enough opportunities for nurses remaining in Nepal, Nepalese nursing graduates often get frustrated and start finding ways for better career opportunities. Choosing the United Kingdom to practice as a nurse is one of the best decisions a Nepalese nursing student makes. The U.K. is best for international nursing graduates in all scenarios. With great career opportunities, Health Centers in the U.K. offer a handsome amount of salary to registered nurses.

Are you wondering how to become a registered nurse in the U.K.? Well, no need to worry anymore because here we are going to discuss everything about becoming a registered nurse in the UK, from its requirements to its application process and from its costs to salary details. Stay tuned.

As a Nepalese nursing student, you have to follow a few simple but equally important steps to become a registered nurse in the United Kingdom. Below we have mentioned the step-by-step process, from beginning to end, to apply for a registered nurse in the UK. Check it out.

1. Qualification and Experience

If you are planning to become a registered nurse in the UK, the first thing you should make sure is that you meet all the criteria mentioned below.

2. English Language Proficiency Test

You have to prove your English language skills before applying for registered nurse in the UK and for that, you need to clear either IELTS or OET, with the required scores.


Your Academic IELTS score should be 6.5 in writing and 7 in the remaining areas (Listening, Speaking, and Reading)


Your OET score should be C+ in writing and B in the remaining areas (Listening, Speaking, and Reading)

We at NCLEX Nepal offer preparation classes for OET (Occupational English Test) which is an English language test, especially for healthcare professionals.

This is what we offer when you join our OET program:

Join our OET program now and increase both your OET score and your chance to be a registered nurse in the United Kingdom.

3. Pass CBT (Computer Based Test)

Once you earn the required IELTS or OET score, the next thing you need to do is apply for your registration in NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council). Everyone has to be registered in the NMC to work as a nurse in the United Kingdom. The NMC registration involves a Computer Based Test (CBT). You can participate in this test from Nepal. In the Computer Based Test, you will be given 120 multiple-choice questions to complete in four hours. You need an overall score of 68% to pass the test. 

After passing the CBT test, NMC will ask you for a number of documents to examine if you are a good fit to work as a nurse in the UK or not. It may take up to 60 days for NMC to approve your application. The NMC application fee is GBP 140 i.e NPR ~22,000.

4. Interview With Employer

Afterwise, you will need to submit a number of documents such as your NHS application form, police certificate and address proof to the NHS Trust through your agency. You will then have an interview with your employer. Once you pass the interview, your employer will issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) which plays a major role in applying for the UK work visa. A COS lasts for 3 years and afterward, it can be re-sponsored.

5. Visa Application

After receiving your Certificate of Sponsorship (COS), you can now apply for your UK work visa. You have to apply for a Tier 2 Visa which will cost you 330$ ~NPR 40,000/-

6. Travel to UK

Now you are ready to go. Pack your bags, schedule your flight and make your way to the United Kingdom. After your arrival, your NHS Trust will begin training for your OSCE test which is a part of NHS registration.

7. Pass OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) is the second test you have to pass for your NMC registration. The OSCE test is conducted in the United Kingdom and it is designed to assess your clinical knowledge.

Questions in an OSCE exam come from six stations and you will need to pass all the stations to be a registered nurse in the U.K. You will be given 10 to 17 minutes to complete each station.

8. Receive NMC PIN

After passing the OSCE test, you become registered with NMC and get your NMC Personal Identification Number (PIN). The NMC registration fee is GBP 153 i.e. NPR ~23,000.

That’s all. You are now a Registered Nurse in the United Kingdom.

If you are planning to be a registered nurse in the United Kingdom then you can connect with us at NCLEX Nepal. We will guide you throughout the process.

Why to Work as a Registered Nurse in the U.K.

Being a Registered Nurse in the United Kingdom automatically upgrades you from an average nursing student. With great career opportunities, the U.K. allows its nurses to have a lavish lifestyle. The benefits of being a registered nurse in the U.K. are countless. Below we have mentioned the top 5 reasons why you should apply for a Registered Nurse in the U.K. Check it out.

1. NHS Jobs: Nurse Vacancies

Nurses in the United Kingdom generally work for the NHS (National Health Service) which is a publicly funded health care service. Established in 1948, NHS is the largest employer in the U.K. with more than 620,000 nurses working under it.

There are still more than 43,000 vacancies for nurses that need to be filled in the NHS. Therefore, no matter which area of healthcare you want to work in, whether in mental health or ICU nursing, there is always a seat for you in the U.K. According to Guardian, a nursing degree has one of the highest employability rates in the United Kingdom.

2. Multiple Career Options

There are multiple career options available for registered nurses in the UK. As a registered nurse, you get to work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes which helps you to advance your learning and development. Once you are qualified, you can work in your favorite area of healthcare. From emergency care to anesthetics, from neonatology to orthopedics, and from fertility to surgery, there are endless career options for registered nurses in the U.K.

3. Flexible Schedule

Another excellent benefit of working as a registered nurse in the United Kingdom is that you get flexible working hours. NHS offers a wide range of flexible employment policies in the U.K. A flexible schedule plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. If you want to work at nights or shifts outside the regular 9-5 schedule, hospitals and healthcare centers in the UK always usually provide you your ideal work environment.

4. Competitive Salary

NHS provides excellent salaries to registered nurses in the United Kingdom. Salaries for nurses vary according to one’s skills, abilities and work responsibilities. For example, the average salary of a full-time Band 5 Staff Nurse ranges from £22,128 to £28,746. On the other hand, a nurse who is experienced and specialized in a particular area of nursing earns up to £37,890 in the UK.

Additionally, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Head Nurses and Consultant Nurses make up to £44,503, £51,668 and £104,927 respectively, on average, in the United Kingdom.

Medical Jobs Salary per Annum (Approx)
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
£ 44,503
Head Nurse
£ 51,688
Consultant Nurses
£ 104,927
Full time Staff Nurses
£ 22,746 - £ 28746
Specialized Nurses
£ 37,890

5. PR in the U.K.

What would be better for a Nepalese student than becoming a Permanent Resident (PR) in the United Kingdom? Yes, becoming a registered nurse in the U.K. opens door for you to be a permanent resident of the country. After working as a registered nurse in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for PR in the country. Once you pass the interview for PR, you become an official citizen of the UK and get all the facilities as others.