The NMC has announced the new Test of Competence (ToC) is live from 2ndAugust 2021. The test enables professionals trained outside the UK and those returning to practice to demonstrate they have the right skills and knowledge to join the NMC’s register.
The new test reflects world-class future nurse and future midwife education standards that set out what nursing and midwifery professionals need to know, understand and be able to do when they join the register. It will ensure that no matter where in the world professionals are trained, people receiving care can be assured that they’ll receive the same high standard of care.
Changes to the ToC will see the Computer Based Test (CBT) split into two parts covering numeracy and nursing or midwifery theory. The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will assess additional skills as well as the candidate’s values and behaviours, and evidence-based practice.
By next year, all students studying nursing and midwifery programmes in the UK will be taught to these new standards and professionals currently on the register are using them as part of their revalidation. The new ToC will ensure that all candidates are assessed to the same standards.