Update January 2024

We are currently reviewing our current arrangements and finalising details of our next cohort of recruitment. Please check back regularly on this page for updates. Please note we're unable to accept direct CV applications, all of our vacancies can be found at www.nsft.nhs.uk/apply-now/ and applications made via Trac. 

Our International Recruitment programme

From 2021, NSFT were delighted to launch a new International Nurses recruitment programme. As a result, the Trust has welcomed over 50 experienced Mental Health Nurses from across the world.

International nurses leaving work

Our programme is designed to fully support you, as an international nurse, with your transition to the UK and your journey to becoming a Registered Mental Health Nurse at NSFT.

To achieve this, you will be supported to pass your OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) within 12 weeks of your arrival.

We have expert trainers who are available to offer support and training in professional facilities with support from Norfolk and Waveney partners. 

Our international recruitment programme is so important to our trust to help us maintain safter staffing levels and high standards of care across all inpatient and community settings.

If you're interested in finding out more about joining our programme, please contact the team at overseassupport@nsft.nhs.uk.

Relocation Package

All international nurses who join us will receive the following, generous relocation package:

  • Reimbursement of IELTS or OET fees
  • Reimbursement of CBT exam costs
  • NMC registration costs
  • Certificate of Sponsorship and visa fees
  • Flight to the UK and transfer arrangements
  • Cost of OSCE exam
  • Three weeks of OSCE training (including accommodation, laptop and UK sim card)
  • Additional accommodation for three months
  • Dedicated support team to help you relocate to the UK

Please contact us on overseassupport@nsft.nhs.uk if you have any questions and about registration or our relocation support.

International Recruitment programme support

NSFT provides each nurse with a comprehensive employment plan and ongoing pastoral care. Our team will support with cultural, emotional, and professional guidance.

Practical support is offered – opening UK bank accounts, registering with a GP practice and dentist, and discovering the local area (eg, supermarkets, transport, schools, places of worship, leisure and more).

A personal plan can be prepared with our Staff Wellbeing Service, who will be in regular contact with ward managers to check on progress. There are also monthly network meetings available for nurses to discuss their progression and any challenges.

Our support for new international nurses includes:

  • One-to-one support from International Recruitment team
  • Intensive OSCE training support
  • Career progression coaching
  • A generous relocation package
  • Personal Development Plans
  • Pastoral support
  • Buddy support on the ward for 6-8 weeks
  • Monthly line manager supervision

Please contact us on overseassupport@nsft.nhs.uk if you have any questions and on our support offer.

Registration process for our International Recruitment programme

  1. Before applying, you will need to have passed IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or OET (Occupational English Test).
  2. Once completed, you can begin the first step of the 'Mental Health NMC' (Nursing and Midwifery Council) registration process. This is a computer-based test (CBT) of theoretical and practical knowledge.
  3. An interview will take place virtually, via MS Teams.
  4. Once the above has been completed and we have received confirmation from NMC, we will sponsor and issue a visa. We will then arrange flights to the United Kingdom, provide transfers and accommodation at our training Hub.
  5.  After three weeks of training, nurses will take their OSCEs within 12 weeks. When the OSCE has been passed, nurses will then be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

What is the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

The OCSE is a test that evaluates a nurse’s practical skills in an objective and transparent manner. The test assesses the candidate’s clinical competence as well as their ability to work within NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) standards.

You can find out more about the OCSE on the NMC website

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