Nurses are the ‘most trusted profession in the UK



The yearly survey has revealed that nurses remain the most trusted profession in Britain with ninety-four percent of the public trusting them to tell the truth – an increase of 1% on last year.

In the poll, nurses are just slightly ahead of doctors who score an impressive ninety-one percent while politicians, ministers and footballers are the least trustworthy.

Although the polling organisation has asked the public to rate the trustworthiness of professionals for the past 34 years nursing has only been included as a profession for the past two – both times topping the poll.

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, responding to Ipsos MORI polling showing nursing is the most trusted profession, said:

“This is a proud and well-deserved achievement for our profession. But it is time the political establishment caught up with the rest of the public and realised just how trusted and valued nursing staff are.

“Any supportive statements today must be matched with meaningful investment tomorrow. Government must expand training plans and improve nurses’ work and personal lives – warm words won’t pay the bills nor fix the shortages and allow for the highest care standards.

“The public is on the side of nurses as they know nurses are on theirs – Ministers would do well to remember that in the months to come.”

Government Ministers and politicians are again the least trusted with the public saying only 17% trust politicians.

  • English language requirements – all applicants must be able to show they can communicate clearly and effectively in English by undertaking the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a score of 7.0. NMC will verify the scores with the IELTS organisation
  • Practice requirements – at the time of the application, the applicant must have practised as a registered nurse or midwife for at least 12 months (full time or the part-time equivalent) after qualifying. This post-registration experience must be relevant to the field of practice the applicant is applying for. If the applicant has not undertaken any duties as a registered nurse or midwife in the three years prior to making their application, they should contact NMC to discuss available options
  • Registration requirements – applicants must hold a current registration or licence without restriction with the licensing authority or registration body in the country in which they qualified or have been practising. NMC will require verification from that authority
  • Education requirements – applicants must have successfully completed at least 10 years of school education before starting a post-secondary education nursing or midwifery training programme
  • New applicants – applicants must complete an online self-assessment of their eligibility to apply before beginning the application process.

There are different fees for different stages of the application process:

  • – Application for nursing/midwifery £140
  • – Part 1 test of competence (CBT) £130
  • – Part 2 test of competence (OSCE) £992
  • – Admission onto our register £153

Total £1415

Each professional field of nursing, including adult (general), children’s, learning disabilities, mental health and the midwifery profession, is examined by our NMC’s test of competence. Part one is a multiple choice examination and part two is a practical examination called an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

  • Test of competence (CBT) – in the UK, each field of nursing and midwifery is separate and distinct. Each requires three years of specialist pre-registration education and practice. The test of competence requires extensive preparation and study to make sure you can demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of professional skills at the right level. The test of competence is in line with NMC’s pre-registration standards and competencies for all nurses and midwives. There are standards for adult (general) nursing, children’s nursing, learning disabilities nursing, mental health nursing and midwifery. They cover professional values, communication, nursing decision-making and leadership. Once applicants have passed the eligibility assessment, they will be asked to sit the first part of the test of competence. This will be a computer based test of theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format will be multiple choice and can be taken in test centres around the world. Applicants will need to contact Pearson Vue, NMC’s test provider, to book and pay for their test.

    Assessment – applicants will need to provide the following evidence in order to complete an assessment:

  • – A valid passport. This same document must also be presented at the test centre.
  • – Birth certificate
  • – A qualification certificate for each qualification being submitted as part of the application
  • – Registration certificates from each jurisdiction where the applicant has practised and/or been registered
  • – Two employment references confirming the applicant’s post-registration practice of at least 12 months, their competence and character
  • – Verifications from all jurisdictions where the applicant practised or where the applicant has been previously registered
  • – Transcript of training for all relevant nursing or midwifery programmes completed by the applicant. These must be calculated in hours or be accompanied by a letter from the training institution with a key to how the credits translate to hours
  • – A good health declaration from the applicant’s general practitioner or the occupational health department at their place of work
  • – A police clearance certificate from all countries where the applicant has lived since the age of 18
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – the second part of the test is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). This will act out scenarios which nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. Each separate clinical examination is known as a ‘station’ and candidates will visit all the stations within a set time. Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which all candidates are assessed. Candidates are assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes. Candidates are expected to demonstrate safe and effective practice. The test of competence is based on current UK pre-registration standards. You can take the OSCE in the UK at the University of Northampton. When NMC authorises candidates to take the OSCE, they should contact the university directly.
  • Identification check – applicants are required to attend a face-to-face identification check at NMC office in London. At the ID interview you must produce the original versions of the documents you sent photocopies of. They will make final checks on your previous registration, and take a photograph for their records.
  • Final registration – once NMC has received notification that an applicant has successfully completed part two of the test of competence and the ID check, they will be invited to complete their final declaration and payment for registration online. Once both have been received, you will be sent your PIN (personal identification number), confirming that you are fully registered with the NMC. Your registration will then show up on the NMC register online.