Develop your career as an Internationally Educated Professional

You can commence your NHS career with Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) by applying though our Internationally Educated Professionals programme. We have adverts for both Occupational Therapists and Nurses.

What is the Internationally Educated Professionals Programme?

  • Pastoral and wellbeing support
  • Clinical support and teaching
  • OSCE preparation
  • Competency assessment
  • Preceptorship
  • Great career opportunities
  • Continuous professional development and courses
  • Assistance with re-validation.

Applying with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

To practice as a Registered Nurse in the UK, you need to be registered by the professional body – the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Before you arrive in the UK, you will need to have started your registration with the NMC, written and passed your CBT, and have evidence you reach the English Knowledge Requirements set out by the NMC. This is either in the form of an English Language Test (IELTS or OET), a pre-registration nurse, midwife or nursing associate qualification which was taught and examined in English, or recent practice of at least one-year in a majority English speaking country. Further information on this can be found on the NMC website

You will also need to submit your qualifications, police clearance, and references to the NMC. Once you have completed all of the above steps, you will receive an invite from the NMC to sit your OSCE exam. You will sit the OSCE exam once you are in the UK.

OSCE Training

Once you have arrived in the UK, we will start preparing you for your OSCE examination, which you will sit within 12-weeks of arriving. Before your exam, we will send you on a five-day training programme with our neighbouring NHS Trust, Yeovil. You will normally attend this a week or two before sitting your exam.

Yeovil Hospital’s OSCE prep training is delivered over a five-day programme* and based on the criteria set by the NMC. The course syllabus equips candidates with the practical and theoretical knowledge to pass the OSCE exam.

Led by experienced practitioners the programme covers all core elements set out in part 2 of the NMC test of competence.

*Please note that when your OSCE training falls on a week where there is a UK bank holiday then the training courses will be condensed into four days.

This training programme is fully funded by us.

On the last day of the training programme, you will sit a mock OSCE exam. We will receive the results of this mock exam, and use this for additional training if needed before your exam.


You have three attempts to pass your OSCE exam. Full information on your OSCE exam can be found here.

Once you have passed your OSCE exam, you will receive your NMC pin, which allows you to work as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in the UK.


Once you have received your NMC pin, you will commence our competency programme, which you will work though with your manager and also our practice educator. This programme will include: Workshops, supervision and ensuring you are competent in your practice. Your competency programme doesn’t have a set time limit, and will be completely individualised.

Once all of your competencies are signed off, you will be able to work without supervision.

Interview and Pre-employment checks

If your application has been shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview. Our interviews take place on Microsoft Teams, and our panel consists of Educators and Senior Nurse Managers within our organisation. We will contact you to arrange a time and date that suits you.

After your interview, we will contact you within 24 hours to let you know the outcome. If you have been successful, you will receive a conditional offer letter from our Recruitment Team which will outline the next steps.

We will need you to provide us with:

  • Photo and Address Identification
  • A photo for your ID Badge
  • Police Clearance
  • Your Professional Qualifications
  • IELTS/OET test results if required. These will be verified with the examination body
  • Proof of registration with the NMC/HCPC
  • Proof of CBT Examination
  • References from current employer
  • You will need to complete a health questionnaire via our Occupational Health service
  • Completed New starter Appointment, Accommodation, Model Decelration and Uniform forms.

Once we have completed all of your pre-employment checks, we will be able to discuss a start date with you. We have cohort’s every six weeks at present, so we will work with you to find a date that suits you. Once we have decided on a date, we will be able to issue you with your certificate of sponsorship which will in turn allow you to apply for your Visa. We will support you with your application.


Once your visa has arrived, the International Recruitment team will be able to book your flights for you.

Our International Recruitment team will collect you from the airport and bring you down to Devon and to your accommodation. Flights are normally to Heathrow which is about three and a half hours to Devon, so please ensure you are prepared for this journey.

Once you arrive at your new accommodation, you will be met by our Staff Accommodation Lead, who will run through your tenancy agreement and other legal documents with you. More information on accommodation can be found in our welcome document found here.

First week

Your first week with us will mostly consist of support with setting up bank accounts, getting used to your local area, registering with a GP and meeting your new colleagues. You will also attend many training sessions with our Practice Education team. We hold training sessions on: Cultural Adaptation, Emotional Intelligence, Being Resilient while in the UK, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Safeguarding and more.

You will be fully supported throughout your employment with DPT by not only your manager and your team, but also our dedicated Wellbeing Co-ordinator and Practice Educator who form our International Recruitment team.

During this time before you sit your OSCE examination, you will be paid at the top of Band 4.

Further information

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How to apply

Please head to the ‘All Jobs’ tab and search for the Internationally Educated Nurse/Occupational Therapist job adverts.

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International Recruitment

We know that working in a team and having the right support available is important to providing the best quality care for people using our services, as well as being important for your own health and wellbeing.

Our mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services cover the whole of Devon with opportunities in our community and inpatient settings.

  • EXETER: Health and Wellbeing Clinic, community teams, inpatient services, home to The Haldon Eating Disorder Service, The Cedars, West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic.
  • NORTH DEVON: Mental health and learning disability teams in Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe and wards at North Devon District Hospital.
  • EAST AND MID DEVON: Mental health and learning disability teams in Exmouth, Honiton, Tiverton, Crediton.
  • SOUTH AND WEST DEVON: Community teams in Ivybridge, Okehampton, Tavistock, Totnes. Secure services in Dawlish.
  • TORBAY: Health and Wellbeing Clinic, community teams and wards at Torbay Hospital.

Living here

Wherever you choose to work you’re sure to find a home you’ll love. From the bustle of Exeter and Barnstaple to the picturesque villages surrounding the moors – wherever you’d like the perfect work-life balance you’ll find it here.

Local information

Supermarket shelves


Our main supermarkets in the UK are: Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, Lidl and Aldi. We also have slightly smaller convenience stores, such as Co-op, Londis, Spar, Premier and more.

Preston Beach Paignton

Areas of interest

Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Barnstaple are filled with activities, so whether you choose to live there or visit for the day – you’ll find a home from home here.

Exeter Accomodation


Devon Partnership Trust will provide you with up to three months accommodation which will begin on the day you arrive.