The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that its new Test of Competence (ToC) will be introduced on Monday 2 August 2021.

The NMC said “As part of our commitment to uphold the highest standards of care our ToC makes sure professionals who trained overseas, and some professionals who want to re-join the register after time away from practice, have the right skills and knowledge to practise safely.

“The new ToC will reflect our new Future Nurse and Future Midwife standards, ensuring that all those delivering care in the UK will meet the same high standards, regardless of where they are trained or how long they’ve been out of practice.”

Other changes the NMC previously announced include:

  • Splitting the computer-based test (CBT) into two parts – Part A will cover numeracy and Part B will cover nursing or midwifery theory
  • The new practical part of the test, the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) will have ten stations rather than six. It will assess additional skills as well as the candidate’s values and behaviours, and evidence-based practice.

Linda Everet, Interim Deputy Director, Professional Regulation, said:

“I am pleased to announce the launch date for our new test of competence as part of our wider efforts to ensure our nursing and midwifery professionals deliver the safe, kind and effective care we all want to see.

“Over the last two years, we’ve introduced world class new standards for our professionals trained in the UK. Our new test of competence will now reflect these standards and will ensure that no matter where in the world people are trained, or how long they’ve been out of practice, the public can be confident that professionals working in the UK meet our high standards.

“We also know how important it is that people taking the new test get the support they need. That’s why we’ve worked closely with our partners, employers and recruitment agencies to get the right support and guidance in place so that people with the right skills and knowledge can join our register as quickly as possible.”

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