Coming to UHS from overseas

If you’re an experienced or newly qualified nurse who is considering relocating to the UK, we’d love to hear from you.

We're one of only a few trusts in the UK that have the ability to care for people from before they're born right through to the end of their lives, providing almost every specialism over 1.9 million people living in Southampton and beyond. A role here is perfect for you if you’re looking to broaden your range of skills.

As well as the other benefits that you’ll have while working for UHS, we provide a supportive induction and exceptional ongoing in-house and external training and development opportunities.

After you’ve applied for a role and received an offer to work at UHS, you’ll need to apply to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register before you can practice as a registered nurse or midwife in the UK. And as of October 2018, you no longer need to have worked for 12 months after qualifying to apply.

If you are applying to join us from inside the EU or EEA, you can find details on the NMC process for EU and EEA candidates on the NMC website.

We’ll provide support throughout the application process, whether you need advice on relocating to the UK, help to prepare for the IELTS exam or support with the NMC registration process, details of which you can find below.



You’ll need to:

On completion of the above, the NMC will issue a decision letter inviting you to undertake the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) in the UK.

We’ll then offer sponsorship under the tier 2 skilled worker category to allow you to enter the UK and work at UHS as an unregistered nurse whilst completing the OSCE exam process.

You’ll have eight months and three attempts to complete the OSCE from your tier 2 sponsorship date. To support you through this, we’ll provide a structured and comprehensive programme.

On successful completion of the OSCE, you can apply to enter the NMC register and once confirmed you will be able to work as a nurse at UHS.

Full details of the process for registering as a nurse from outside the EU or EEA can be found on the NMC website

For more information or to discuss making an application to come and work as a nurse at UHS, email our recruitment team at