International Recruitment

International Recruitment Programme

Moving to another country and adapting to a new way of life can be daunting which is why we have a dedicated team to support you pastorally and educationally on your journey. Since May 2019 we have welcomed over 400 internationally trained nurses to our Trust from across the World and who are now all valued members of our team.

Applicants for our international nurse recruitment programme must complete the following steps in order to start the application process with us:

  1. Apply to the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and complete the NMC CBT. Find out more on the NMC website.
  2. Nurses that have completed their nurse training in a country where English is not their first language must complete an English language test (International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET). Find out more about English language requirements on the NMC website.
  3. Once you have completed the above steps, you can apply for our International Nurse role on our Trust website.

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Our recruitment and pastoral team will be on hand to support you every step of the way, from success at interview, planning your move, arrival in the UK and beyond. We understand the challenges you face as a new recruit to the Trust and as you settle into a new way of life, but rest assured that our team will be here to answer any questions and make your transition as easy as possible.


Upon arrival our new recruits attend five weeks of intense, tailor-made tuition in our dedicated training centre in York. The training programme is delivered by our dedicated OSCE training team, who are experienced nurses from a multicultural background. Our goal is for you to pass the OSCE exams first time and for our Trust to have a 100% pass rate.

Once you have passed the OSCE, you will then receive you NMC pin, which allows you to practice as a Band 5 registered nurse in the UK.


All our newly registered nurses will be offered a 12 month Preceptorship programme to support your transition into the role of a Registered Nurse in clinical practice. The aim of the Preceptorship is to provide you with the support, guidance and development needed to build confidence and achieve clinical competency.

Our benefits package

We offer the following package to our international nurse recruits who need to undertake the OSCE training programme:

·       A 5 week OSCE training and induction programme

·       OSCE exam costs including travel to OSCE centre

·       Visa costs

·       Flight tickets to the UK including airport transfer

·       Welcome pack of groceries and UK SIM card

·       3 months free accommodation

·       NMC application, and registration costs

Our Values

• We are KIND

• We are OPEN

• We pursue EXCELLENCE

Bella Abidakun (Clinical Educator - International Team) : My story

I have been with the Trust for over three years now. I joined the Trust as a Band 5 staff nurse and came across as one of the first International Nurses in my area of practice. I worked in Gynae and Max Fax for over a year before I became a Band 6 Practice Education Facilitator for International Nurses across York and Scarborough Hospitals where I helped to get the Trust's International Nurses through their OSCE exam after some weeks of intense training. Following this they are able to obtain their NMC PIN and settle on the wards. I also support them through their preceptorship period and afterwards.

I am also one of the Trust Professional Nurse Advocates (PNA) providing support to colleagues in the Trust through clinical supervision.

Presently, I work as a Clinical Educator for International Nurses in the Trust where I still work with the international nurses and collaborate with ward managers and other clinical educators.

Why York? It’s a beautiful historic city with so much culture, beautiful restaurants and bars and is a fantastic place to live and work. York is a safe and secure place to raise a family. At York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals there is support available to the nurses throughout their careers and when challenges present themselves. York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals is such a beautiful place to work.

How to apply

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals is looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements. In return we can offer you a stimulating and dynamic working environment, with a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. Click on the vacancies tab at the top to start your career with us.