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Kiwi nurses must complete programme for UK registration.

From next month the only way overseas-trained nurses will be able to register with the United Kingdom's Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), will be through the Overseas Nurses Programme (ONP). The programme sets out common entry standards, a compulsory 20-day period of protected Learning for all nurses trained outside the European Economic Area and, where appropriate, a period of supervised practice. Every applicant will have to pass the specified International English Language Test before they can apply to go onto the ONP.

New Zealand manager of Match Group, one of the biggest providers of health care workers in the UK, Tracey Matthews, said the ONP requirements had had some impact on recruitment. "The process for registration in the UK has always been time consuming and this just means it takes more time. It might have put one or two nurses off." The ONP only applies to those entering the NMC register for the first time. Those who have worked in the UK before don't have to do it, she said. The company has been offering the ONP through Bournemouth University and delivered from its London office since March this year. Its programme consists of self-directed Learning, completion of a booklet and an examination, and costs 250 [pounds sterling]. Matthews said no New Zealand nurse had yet had to have a period of supervised practice.
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Title Annotation:United Kingdom; Laws for International Practice
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Aug 1, 2006
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