Nurse Assistants, Enrolled Nurses and Community Health Nurses: Work in the UK as Associate Nurses.

Nurse Assistants, Enrolled Nurses and Community Health Nurses from Ghana can register as nursing associates and work in the UK as junior nurses.

Community nurses, nursing assistants and all those with at least 2-year certificates in their respective fields of nursing studies can now revive their hope of traveling to work in the UK as associate nurses. Just like that of the registered general nurses, the process involves providing evidence of English language proficiency. IELTS Band 7.0 overall, with at least 7.0 in Speaking, Listening and Reading and 6.5 in Writing, is required. The alternative is an OET score of B in the Listening, Reading and Speaking sub-tests and C+ in the Writing sub-test.

Dreams Consult has an enviable track record; we provide effective and results-driven tuition for both IELTS and OET, and also register candidates to sit the tests.

The second requirement is the test of competency delivered on a computer as an objective test, hence known properly as CBT that needs to be taken and passed. The CBT for nursing associates is different from that for general nursing, mental health nursing and midwifery.

After those two tests are cleared, an interview is scheduled with available employers/vacancies, ranging from NHS to private hospitals as well as care and nursing homes. Subsequently, after the employee (the associate nurse) has successfully gone through the interview stage, the employer takes steps to obtain the appropriate migration documents to sponsor them to obtain the visa to travel to the UK. Employees are entitled to accommodation for three months. Additionally, some employers may provide a relocation package and assist the employee until they settle in smoothly.

The second part of the test of competency, the third and the final exams to take, is the OSCE which is taken after settling in the UK. Passing this exam qualifies the candidate for the final registration as a member of the UK NMC and as a registered associate nurse in the UK.

In summary, to work as a nursing associate in the UK, you need to obtain IELTS or OET and CBT, after which you can be scheduled for an interview. After a successful interview, the employer sponsors the nurse to the UK by providing visa fees, paying insurance, buying a plane ticket and making accommodation available for about three months.

Source: UK NMC

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    1. The source of the information is written below the article.

      Beyond that, we have used the process to get a registered nurse assistant preventive and a community health nurse to the UK.

      1. Farhia Ahadho
        15 nov
        Hello I completed my enroll nursing in August 2021 want to work abroad kindly need your guidance

          1. I am a Registered Nurse in Ghana with 4 years of working experience.
            I sat for the IELTS UKVI ACADEMIC exams and obtained the following scores. Speaking -7, writing -6.5, Reading -6.5, Listening -6.5 with Overall score as -6.5..
            I would like to apply for a senior carer job in UK and I am pleading on your outfit to assist me get a job.

      2. Please i am Sandra a Nurse Assistant in Ghana and i want to move to UK or Canada to work as a carer please i need your Assistance

    1. Thank you for the information. I’m a community health extension worker from Nigeria and I will like to immigrate to UK or Canada. Pls I need your guidance on how. Thank

      1. Unfortunately, we can not assist you to move to Canada or UK due to the challenges we will face during the verification of your documents as the regulatory body in Nigeria differs from the one in Ghana.

  1. I’m a senior community health nurse worked for 5 years please do I qualify

  2. I will love to take the ielts exams.. i am a trained community health extension worker

  3. Lol… interesting question after this detailed articles… take heart brother and answer them all 😂🤣

    1. Am nurse assistant and could like to work in aboard, please how do I go about it?

  4. I completed Nurse assistant clinical in 2020 .. can I apply for the exams

  5. Hello, pls I am an enrolled Nurse and I want to work in the USA. Can you pls help me get a job?

  6. i have a community health nurse preventive certificate can i write the exam?. am i qualified to work in the uk. and how do i go about it

  7. So plz if all my documents are ready how long will it take for the processing.
    I’m a nurse assistant preventive

  8. Please how can I take the ilETS exams and is there any fee that I must pay for the traveling documents processing in case I qualify ? If yes how much is it ? Thanks

  9. Please am a newly registered nurse Assistant Clinical..I want to work in the UK. please how can I start the IELTs exams.

  10. Please am Health Assisstant with nursing and midwifery council Ghana certificate and I want to know if I can write the IELTs

  11. Hello..good day..I have a friend who is a community health worker..he is very well experienced in the health chance is there a way he can migrate to Uk or US to work as a Nurse??

  12. Hi, i am a nursing assistant by profession and recently wrote my IELTS and got an overall of 6.0. May i kindly know if i am eligible to apply for jobs?

    1. Your IELTS score does not permit you to apply for the job role stated in the article, however, you may interact with us on 0240850600 for available offers.

  13. Am a Bsc holder in Midwifery. With the restrictions on our country, by WHO, to UK Registered Nurses and Midwives, can I use the NARIC certificate to apply for the Senior Carer jobs.

  14. I’m a registered community health Nurse with diploma and yet to take the ielts course

  15. Please am a nurse assistant and also did LCM at poly. Can i use the LCM to apply ?

  16. I’m a certified Enrolled Assistant Nurse in and from Jamaica with a Diploma and over nine years experience in this Category of Nursing. I’m seeking to be employed in the UK.

  17. Hallo im a enrolled nurse since 2015 have 8yrs working experience in icu..research..covid -19 vaccinator and testing….how can I apply

  18. I’m a nurse assistant with 7years Workin experience in a municipal hospital in Ghana. I wish to work as a care assistant in UK

      1. Hello please am a nursing assistant clinical and I completed 2020 at home now and has not been posted yet can I take the exams

  19. This is good news to me as an Enrolled nurse who wants to work in the UK as an associate nurse. I need your step by step guidance to make my dream come through.

  20. There is a three years program in community health nursing(Also known as public health nurse) known Registered Community Nurse. Are people in this category eligible to work in the UK as Nurses or nurses assistant

  21. Thank you for responding to me
    Please am interested to work as an associate nurse.
    Thank you

  22. I am already in the uk. I was a nurse assistant (clinical)in Ghana. How can I start work as a nurse assistant in the uk

  23. Hi,
    may I know the require ielts bands for career job or nursing home care. What about your spouse.

    1. To obtain a job in the UK as a midwife, you have to pass IELTS and CBT.
      Kindly contact us on 0240850600 for details.

  24. After IELTS and CBT,do l apply to the hospitals or care homes myself ? If yes,please how can l get the link to apply?

  25. Can I register as a female community health nurse from Nigeria?

  26. Pls am a nurse assistant with a certificate and 3yrs working experience . I have not written IELTS .I want to study and work in abroad(Englishh speaking countries )