Information for Trusts and Agencies
The information below will provide important information on preparing your candidates and how to book if you are a NHS Trust or Agency.
The latest version of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) 2, first produced in 2012 and updated in December 2017, will be implemented in the Test of Competence from 01 June 2018 onwards. Please see the link below.
NHS Trust and Agency dedicated test days
The Test Centre is able to run OSCEs up to five days a week.
We cater for group and block bookings from NHS Trusts and Agencies for a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 candidates per day.
Whilst we appreciate there may be internal demands within your Trusts, such as training, we request that all Trusts contact us as soon as possible if they have candidates who need to take the OSCE within a restricted time period.
Whilst we will do everything we can, we cannot guarantee that your candidates will be assessed on or by certain days or dates.
To formally request a dedicated test day for your Trust please complete the online enquiry form.
Please note that it can take up to ten days to confirm a group booking
We will try to accommodate your request for specific dates. Failing this, we will provide you with reasonable alternatives.
We are only able to hold/reserve a test day for a maximum period of five days. We will confirm your test date once full payment has been received.
Once your candidate has received their decision letter from the NMC to move on to Part two, contact can be made to us in two ways:
- The candidate can contact us individually to arrange payment and book a place on an individual test day
- You can confirm your candidates to us and make a payment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Once booked, candidates will receive individual, password-protected access to our internal learning platform, which will provide them with all the information they will need to prepare themselves for the examination.
Please note that we strongly recommend at least 14 days access to the online material in order to help candidates prepare sufficiently for the exam.
In order to fully understand the booking process for Part two, please refer to the following documents;
The OSCE examination consists of six stations (two assessing skills and four assessing the patient journey). Candidates are in the test centre for approximately three hours.
Further information on the test can be found in the Candidate Information Booklet
An identification (ID) check will be conducted by the NMC on-site at the Test Centre where all the candidate’s original documents submitted as part of the application process to the NMC will be verified.
The ID check may take place before or after the actual examination. Please see the NMC website for further details.
Cost of the examination
The OSCE test costs £794. (Effective from 1st April 2019)
Should your candidate need to re-sit* a partial re-sit will cost £397 or a full re-sit will cost £794.
*Please allow ten days between original test date and re-sit to allow for additional preparation and action on feedback.
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For candidates who failed up to four stations across both the APIE / skill stations:
Candidates who failed five or more stations across both the APIE and skill stations:
The new application will be charged at full cost.
NHS Trusts and Agencies can change their candidates’ examination dates. However it is important to note our cancellation and rescheduling policy and take into account the timescales. Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your candidate examination please contact us.
Methods of payment
We accept all methods of payment, either via payment card (except AMEX), or invoice (with a purchase order number if applicable).
Payment via invoice is expected within 28 days. However, once we have received the purchase order number (if applicable), or you have received the invoice (once confirming your booking to us via email) we can process your candidates.
When making a payment please note you need to include the following information:
- Name of organisation;
- Appropriate contact name and contact details;
- Registered address;
- Purchase order number (if applicable);
- Names of candidates and candidate ID numbers.