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Recruiting International Nurses

If you’re an international nurse looking to work in the UK, why not join the Barchester family? We know that making the move is a big step. But as well as providing fantastic opportunities for growth and career development, we also offer support during your UK NMC and immigration applications and your OSCE training and exams.

We welcome applications from Registered General Nurses (RGN), Registered Mental Health Nurses (RMN) and Registered Learning Disabilities Nurses (RNLD).

We are extremely proud of our international nurses, and we invite applications from all over the world to join our diverse and dedicated workforce. Moving to a different country and investing in your future (both financially and emotionally) is an important decision. Many of our international nurses have been through this process and you can rest assured that we are committed to supporting you on your journey.

Please be aware

Barchester Healthcare (and it’s approved suppliers) do not and will not ever charge job seekers to find them work, which also includes sponsorship opportunities. This applies to all roles within the organisation.

If payment has been requested upfront for the purpose of finding you work or securing a job offer with Barchester Healthcare, please be aware this is not a legitimate offer from any member of our business and we urge you to report this to Action Fraud.

Barchester Healthcare is a licensed Sponsor and we do not affiliate nor appoint any third party providers for overseas work applications. For nursing opportunities, please send your application direct to our International Recruitment Team via the button at the bottom of this page.

What you need

To begin your nursing career with Barchester, we need you to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). There are some differences in their requirements based on where you trained:

Nurses trained outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

All international nurses who wish to work as a Registered Nurse (RGN) in the UK, are required to apply with the NMC, to ensure you meet their required standards. You must also provide different types of evidence (including English language evidence), to demonstrate how those requirements are met, and to progress with your application.

Click here to check if you have all the necessary documents to commence your NMC application

Click here for more information on the available English language tests accepted by the NMC

Once the NMC is satisfied with the evidence provided for your application, you will be invited to sit the NMC Test of Competence, which consists of a Computer Based Test (CBT) and a practical Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Click here for more information.

The CBT can be carried out in your country of residence, whilst the OSCE has to be completed in the UK, with one of the authorised universities supplying the test.

Once you pass your OSCE, you will be able to complete your NMC registration and pay the required fee. They will complete a final evaluation of your application and, if successful, you will receive an NMC PIN number and officially become a Registered Nurse (RGN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

To apply for jobs here at Barchester, you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language, CBT completion, and NMC application, to show you have reached OSCE stage and your qualification meets NMC requirements.

Nurses trained in the European Economic Area (EEA)

If you have trained and qualified as a nurse in the EEA, you will have to apply for recognition of your qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and potentially meet additional requirements, such as English language evidence. Click here for more information on this registration process.

To apply for jobs here at Barchester, you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language and to show your qualification meets NMC requirements.

For current information on how Brexit may affect your application, please click here.

Next steps

This is your opportunity to use your nursing skills in an environment where they really will matter – to our residents, patients and their loved ones. And in return for your dedication, you’ll receive a competitive salary plus many of our sector-leading benefits and rewards. Click here to find out more about nursing careers with us.

If you are interested in discovering your next career move with Barchester Healthcare, we want to hear from you!

This is your chance to make a difference every day.
This is a career in nursing with Barchester Healthcare.

Barchester Healthcare has limited sponsorship opportunities for Care Assistants and Senior Care Assistants. To be added to our database, please send your details to Upon receiving your details, a member of the International Recruitment Team will only contact you if your profile and/or experience meets the requirements of one of our current vacancies.

To complete our international nurse application form, hit the ‘send us your details’ button below. If your profile and/or experience meets the requirements of one of our current vacancies, a member of the International Recruitment Team will be in touch to discuss further.


Benefits and Rewards

We recognise that you and your role is pivotal in shaping the future of our organisation. That’s why in return for your dedication, you’ll receive a competitive salary plus our sector-leading benefits and rewards package. Take a look at how we’re committed to rewarding your amazing work and commitment when you join us.


About Barchester

We’re proud to have over 240 care homes and six independent hospitals nationwide, that continually meet and exceed all relevant regulatory compliance standards. Join one of our fantastic teams and you’ll make sure our residents and patients get the outstanding quality of care, support, services and facilities they deserve.


Equal Opportunities

We recognise and celebrate difference and pride ourselves on creating an inclusive environment for all. Whoever you are, we want you to be yourself, always. This enables greater diversity across the entire organisation for the benefit of our workforce and also the people we celebrate life with in our homes and hospitals. Barchester is proud to be an equal opportunities organisation.