NMC Latest Update – NEW CBT and OSCE (ToC) – How it affects you?

source: NMC UK

NMC’s new Test of Competence(ToC), Test of Competence Part 1 CBT, and Test of Competence Part 2 OSCE goes live in August 2021, anybody who applies for overseas NMC registration from that date will take the new CBT and OSCE. This also applies to candidates based in the UK who choose to do the CBT and OSCE as part of their return to practice.

Northampton University; update on OSCE.

As part of the ongoing test of competence, some updates have been made to the current Part 2 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): new scenarios and skills will be introduced from Monday 14th June.

The following new materials will be introduced to the current tests from the 14th June:

  • Adult nursing scenario (APIE): Fall and fracture
  • Children’s nursing scenario (APIE): Post-tonsillectomy bleed
  • Midwifery scenario (APIE): Post-natal visit
  • Adult nursing skill station: Fine bore nasogastric tube insertion
  • Adult nursing skill station: Visual infusion phlebitis (VIP) assessment and intravenous cannula flush
  • Adult nursing skill station: Pressure ulcer assessment.

Candidates who have begun their application, but not yet taken either the CBT or OSCE before August, will also take the new CBT and OSCE.

Candidates who have attempted to take the CBT or the OSCE before August will have a twelve-month transition window to complete the current Test of Competence. After 12 months, they will need to take the new test.

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Supporting people to join the register

Over the past few years, NMC has steadily increased our OSCE test center capacity to meet growing demand.

NMC has been working to increase OSCE capacity by over 1000 tests per month across the three test sites. Building on the improvements that are already made, NMC will also aim to reduce the assessment period from 30 days to 10 days allowing nurses, midwives, and nursing associates to get their PIN and register even more quickly.

There will be more availability to book OSCEs at weekends and evenings and the Swindon campus will now be open full time. The monitoring of OSCE demand and test center capacity levels will be continued enabling people with the right skills and knowledge to join the UK NMC register as quickly as possible.

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