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Mastering the UK NMC OSCE Exam: A Comprehensive Guide

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​Embarking on a career in nursing is a noble and rewarding journey, but it comes with its set of challenges, one of which is passing the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Designed to assess a candidate's practical skills and competence, the UK NMC OSCE exam is a crucial step towards becoming a registered nurse in the United Kingdom. 

Understanding the UK NMC OSCE Exam

The NMC OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) was first introduced as part of the nursing registration process in the UK to ensure that nurses trained outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland could demonstrate that they possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and competencies to practice safely and effectively within the UK healthcare system.

The NMC OSCE exam is a standardised assessment that evaluates a candidate's ability to apply theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in simulated scenarios. It consists of ten stations, each focusing on different aspects of nursing practice, such as communication, medication administration, clinical assessments, and emergency situations. Candidates are required to demonstrate competence in areas like patient safety, effective communication, infection control, and professional conduct.

Approved OSCE Training Providers

Engaging with trainers who are approved or accredited ensures that they meet certain standards of competence, professionalism, and quality in their training delivery.  Nursingjobsuk provide training based on the latest test of Competence required by the Nursing and Midwifery council.  They are Approved by the NHS Workforce Alliance within Lot 4 - International OSCE Training Support Services.  This means that they have successfully met the criteria as set out by the NHS Workforce Alliance.  As Approved OSCE trainers, they have been deemed to be compliant and adhere to the Framework guidance in all the OSCE training support they deliver.

Tips for Success

We asked nurses who are presently engaged in NMC OSCE training conducted by Nursingjobsuk, about their observations regarding any differences between their prior nursing practice and the OSCE training programme. A recurring observation was that while the fundamental knowledge and procedures remained the same, distinct variations were noted in the utilisation of medical equipment. Some tips for success include:

Remain Calm and Focused: Maintain a composed demeanor during the exam and focus on each station one at a time. Take deep breaths to manage stress and stay attentive to instructions.

Communicate Effectively: Practice active listening and clear communication with simulated patients, colleagues, and examiners. Demonstrate empathy, respect, and professionalism in your interactions.

Prioritise Patient Safety: Prioritise patient safety in all aspects of care delivery, including medication administration, infection control, and emergency response. Adhere to protocols and procedures to minimise risks.

Time Management: Manage your time efficiently during each station, allocating sufficient time for tasks while ensuring completion within the allotted timeframe. Pace yourself to avoid rushing or leaving tasks unfinished.

Reflect and Learn: Regardless of the outcome, take time to reflect on your performance after the exam. Identify areas for improvement and incorporate feedback into your ongoing learning and development as a nurse.


The UK NMC OSCE exam is a significant milestone on the path to becoming a registered nurse in the UK. By understanding the exam format, diligently preparing, and employing effective strategies, you can increase your chances of success. Remember to stay calm, communicate effectively, prioritise patient safety, and manage your time wisely. With dedication, practice, and perseverance, you can conquer the OSCE exam and embark on a fulfilling nursing career.

Get In Touch With Us

Call the team on 0203 405 7168. Or alternatively:

If you are an international nurse interested in finding out more about the NMC OSCE Training provided by Nursingjobsuk, you can you can complete the training form below .

Candidate Training Enquiry

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Employer Training Enquiry

Visit the OSCE Training page of our website here.

Read our case study about our NMC OSCE training project involving 66 international nurses at Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Reflect and Learn: Regardless of the outcome, take time to reflect on your performance after the exam. Identify areas for improvement and incorporate feedback into your ongoing learning and development as a nurse.

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