OSCE Station Timings - Current Test of Competence

   26 April 2021

Dear Colleague

We have had a few queries regarding the adult skills and scenarios for Children, Adult and Midwifery being implemented on14th June 2021 for the current Test of Competence:

No change to the timings or marking criteria for the Children, Adult and Midwifery scenarios (APIE)

There is no change to the timings or marking criteria for the Children, Adult and Midwifery scenarios (APIE). A copy of the marking criteria for APIE for each field of practice can be accessed on the website/online learning platform at all three Competence Test Centres.

The marking criteria for the new adult nursing skills

Insertion of fine bore nasogastric tube, pressure area assessment, visual infusion phlebitis (VIP) assessment and intravenous cannula flush (all 8 minute’s duration) can be found in the updated Adult Nursing Marking Criteria version 1.13.

This is available on each centres website/online learning platform.

Braden scale and a copy of the VIP assessment tool

A copy of the Braden scale and a copy of the VIP assessment tool are available in the supporting documentation

The pressure area assessment skill

The pressure area assessment skill is a written station.

OSCE stations

Please note these are new OSCE stations for the current Test of Competence, and not the new Test of Competence that will go live in August 2021.

There will be some applicant that will still be able to continue taking the current OSCE for a set period of time after the new test has gone live, hence we are doing this refresh for general test maintenance purposes.

For further information

For further information around the transitional arrangements when the new test goes live, please visit the NMC Website.

If you want to register to receive NMC updates on this, please register on the same website to receive a notification when an announcement has been made.

Kind Regards

CTC Team