Who Is Auntie Wendy?

Auntie Wendy is an experienced international Recruitment Consultant!

She has helped hundreds of Nurses and Carers from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Spain and Portugal to find jobs in the UK.
Over a career of many years she has built up an amazing knowledge of all the documentation, procedures and rules that apply to Nurses wanting to work in the UK.

She can quote obscure pieces of statute and regulation that probably even the UK government and the NMC have forgotten ever existed!

If there is one person in the UK who can guide any EU Nurse through the mountain of paperwork they face, that person is Auntie Wendy!

She understands a lot more than just the mechanical processes of finding work in the UK, she understands the cultural differences too. Auntie Wendy has travelled extensively through Eastern and Central Europe and has met many citizens of those countries from government ministers to cleaners in hospitals. She also has a home in a tiny village in Bulgaria and even knows how to cook karvama!

There is no-one better qualified to help you in all aspects of getting a job in the UK than Auntie Wendy.

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Hi Auntie Wendy, 

I would like to ask a few questions if that is alright.

What do I have to bring with me?

Where am I going to stay?

Will there be some short of training or not?

How long will it take until I start working?

Is it necessary to get interviewed via skype in order to work as a senior carer?

Thank you.

 

Hallo and thank you for contacting us.

 
 
You don't need to bring anything with you except original documents such as ID, diploma, etc.
Each employer will have some kind of accommodation arrangement for overseas staff - sometimes they have accommodation on their own premises, sometimes they will liaise with local property landlords.
Yes, there will always be full training.
You will start being paid as soon as you arrive and working as soon as the induction training is undertaken.
Yes, the employers will usually want to Skype although some do it by phone - is Skype a problem for you?
 
Kind regards,
 
 
Auntie Wendy
 
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Hi Auntie Wendy, 

Thank you in advance for assisting me with this question. 

I am a nurse, trained in the USA and I am looking to register in the UK.

I need some help with the NMC application, can you help?

Kind regards,

 

Hello!

 

Thank you for your question. 

 

Yes of course we can help. 
You will need to register as an overseas nurse: https://ireg.nmc-uk.org/
 
Can you tell me which parts of the application you are having difficulty with?
 
 
Kind regards, 

 

Auntie Wendy

Hi Auntie Wendy, 

Do you also recruit nurses -returning to nursing whose UKCC pin has expired- for the NHS and will flights for myself, husband and two children be paid for; since we are not currently in the UK? 

With regards to the accommodation, do you have three bedrooms flats/houses that could  accommodate myself and family?  Since shared accommodation will not be suitable for us. 

I will also need a work permit.

Warmest regards.

 

Good morning,

 

The UKCC is now the NMC, did you have a PIN number before in the UK?

 

Unfortunatley, we do not work with the NHS, we recruit for nursing homes and private hospitals.
 
Some of our clients will pay for flights and help with accommodation, but only for the person they are hiring, not their family too. You would have to find suitable accommodation for you and your family to live together in after you have settled in to your new job. 
 
We currently do not have clients with the resources to support candidates requiring work permits. 
 
 
Kind regards, 

 

Auntie Wendy

Hi Auntie Wendy.

I am a qualified nurse, my employer knows this, so why does it say "Senior Care Assistant" on my offer letter and contract?

Hello, thank you for your question.

It is really nothing to worry about.

Nurses who come to the UK to work are able to work as Senior Care Assistants until their PIN arrives from the NMC.

This means that you can get some experience in UK whilst still earning money - this is also a good way to perfect your English too.  

Wehn your PIN arrives, you can then start working as a nurse - this will mean a pay rise! 

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

 

What does it mean by “part of register” on the NMC application form?

"Part of the register" means what do you want to be registered as?

For example, a midwife? General nurse? Mental Health Nurse?

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Why are references so important to get a job in the UK?

Hello, thank you for your question.

In the UK, employers need two references, some ask for more, but it is to show that you have had previous jobs and how you did it. 

 

It is to get a better idea of who you are and what you are like.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hello, I have applied for many jobs now in UK, but always they tell me, you need Tier 2.

What is Tier 2?

 

 

Has no one explained why you would need a Tier 2?

The Tier 2 visa is now the main UK immigration route for skilled workers coming to the UK to take up employment, usually paying a salary of at least £20,800.

To apply for this visa you must have a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence.

https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/overview

 

Many thanks

 

Auntie Wendy

 

 Hi Auntie Wendy,

I have graduated from my nursing university and I want to apply for my NMC PIN. Before I do, can you tell me how long it will take for my application pack to arrive?

I want to try and get everything ready as quick as I can so that if there are any problems I can have time to fix them before the application time runs out!

Hello,

That is a very good idea!

It is the translations that usually take the longest, so your plan of having them all ready for when your application pack arrives is brilliant!

Your application pack will arrive within 5-10 days.

I hope it all goes well and that there are not any queries on your application, so you can use all that time to study for your IELTS. I wish you the best of luck.

If there is anything else I can help with, please just let me know.

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

Hi! I am a Polish citizen who graduated from nursing in Poland just recently in January 2017 and I have Bachelor of Nursing

My question is about the IELTS Academic and NMC registration.

Do I have to pass IELTS Academic first and then attach it to EU request form and all other documents to make the registration quicker?

Or after I register in Poland as a nurse can I apply for EU Request Form and provide all the documents but without IELTS Academic and pass IELTS later?

How much time do I have to pass this IELTS if I get PRN number and I don't give NMC IELTS certificate? And if I get PRN but don't pass IELTS will I lose this 110 pounds fee and have to start the process again?

Thanks for help.

Hello,

Once you start the NMC application, you have 90 days to do your IELTS test, if there is no available test dates available near you during this time, it can cause problems.
If you did the IELTS test first and sent it in with your application, it would still take a few weeks for them to process the application, so it is up to you really.

If you would like to consider working in the UK before you start the IELTS and NMC application, we can still help you.
We have nursing home clients in the UK who will consider EU nurses with good English before they start the PIN application process.
This enables you to work for a while speaking English most of the time, which will be a great help when it comes to IELTS.

The idea is that you work as a preceptorship nurse/senior carer while you go through the IELTS/PIN processes and then you are promoted to a full nurse role when the PIN comes.

If you would like to talk to us about this, just let us know when we can call you and give us a contact number.

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hello Auntie Wendy,

Can you tell me please what you mean by “PRN number”?

Thank you!

 

 

Good afternoon,

Yes of course, this often causes confusion, a PRN number is not the same as a PIN number! 

It is a “Pre Registration Number” which is issued once the NMC have received your initial request for an application pack. The PRN is essentially a reference number which enables you to check the progress of your PIN application at any time.

There is no cost involved in acquiring a PRN – this part of the application process is free.

From the UK employer’s point of view, having a PRN is very important. It shows them that you are serious and that you are on your way towards getting a PIN.

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hi Auntie Wendy, 

I am a registered nurse from California, USA. I've recently moved to the UK (with the full right to work) and I am in the process of registering with the NMC.

I am looking for job opportunities in the private healthcare sector in London. These positions could either be as a nurse after getting my NMC pin or as a healthcare assistant with a hospital that will support me through the NMC process.

Any assistance on this would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards ....

 
 
Hallo and thank you for contacting us.
 
We can certainly help to find a good position for you in the London area but are you only interested in hospitals?
 
I am asking because it is mainly the private sector nursing homes rather than the hospitals which offer the "HCA job while you get the PIN and then immediate promotion to a nurse" offers.
 
Are you a US citizen by the way?
 
Maybe you could send me your CV?
 
 
Kind regards,
 
Auntie Wendy
 

Hi Auntie Wendy, 

Who pays for the DBS? Do I apply for it myself or does my employer apply for it for me? 

If I apply for it, do I do it online or go to the police station? 

How long will it take to arrive? I know I can't start working without it, so really want to know when I could potentially start. 

Kind regards.

 

Hello!

 

Most employers will pay for their employees DBS check, a few may ask for the cost of the DBS back if you leave their complany before a certain amount of time, but they will explain this to you, if this is the case, before you start working for them. 

As long as you are supervised, you could actually start work without your DBS, whilst you're waiting for it to arrive.

  

 
Kind regards, 

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hi Auntie Wendy, 

How long will it take for my NMC application pack to arrive?

The application pack can take around 10-15 days to arrive.

During this time, it is a good idea to start getting all of your documents translated and notarised so that you are ready to go once your application pack comes. 

When you get your application pack, you will get your PRN (pre-Registration Number).

You need to give this number whenever your contact the NMC. 

  

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Do all pages of my diploma need to be translated? 

Yes, every page of your diploma need to be officially translated into English.

This means that they all need to be stamped by a public notary to show that the translation has been verified as authentic by an official translation agency or by your embassy.

You need to provide a photocopy of this along with a photocopy of the original document because if you don't, the NMC will delay your application whilst they are checking the translations.

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

What will I do about finding accommodation? Without a viewing, it is hard to find somewhere for the first night.

A lot of the time employers will have sourced accommodation near to where you are working, if not in the nursing home grounds itself.

These will usually be a lot cheaper than properties in the local are, but will most likely be shared accommodation, which is usually fun and a great way to make friends!

If you do need to find your own accommodation and are struggling to do so whilst being in a different country, please jsut ask, we will do all we can to help. 

  

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

 

Hi, I am from the Ukraine, will I need a visa to come and work in the UK as a carer?

Thank you.

 

 

Yes, you will need a visa. If you are unsure, you can always check using this short questionnaire: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hi Auntie Wendy,

I would like to find out about your employment contracts.

Are they “fixed term” contracts?

If they are, how long will I be contracted for?

Thank you!

Good morning,

 

We do not actually employ nurses - we place them all over the UK with employers.

The majority of all contracts in the UK are open ended, this means there is no end date for your employment.

 

Kind regards

 

Auntie Wendy

 

 

Hi again! 

I am a Polish citizen who graduated from nursing in Poland just recently in January 2017 and I have Bachelor of Nursing.

If I apply on NMC website for EU Request Form will I get PRN number straightaway or after I give NMC all the documents required?

How long is the PRN number valid for? I mean how much time do I have to get all the documents?

 Thank you!

Hello again,

 

Yes if you apply to the NMC, they will send you your PRN, this could take up to two weeks.

Once you have this, you can start to send in all your documents.

You will have 6 months before you have to re-apply for another PRN number if you do not complete your application form.

 

I hope this has helped you, if you have any more questions, please just ask.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hi Auntie Wendy,

Firstly, thank you so much for helping me to get a job as a nurse in the UK!

Secondly, before I come over and start, I would like to know which documents I have to bring with me.

I want to make sure I have everything with me as it will be harder to get them sent to me/go and get them once I have arrived in the UK.

Thanks once again!

 

 

Hello,

It is our pleasure! We hope you will enjoy your new role here in the UK!

As always, we are here to help should you need anything.

Yes, that is a very good idea to bring everything with you.

Bring all of your certificates, originals and translations, all forms of ID that you have and anything you have received from the NMC.

Have a safe journey!

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hi Auntie Wendy!

I have some questions about references.

What kind of references do you need? Do they need to be translated?

Thank you!

 

 

Hello!

You will need 2 references in order to start your new job in the UK. One must be from your most recent employer. You can have 2 references from the same company, but from 2 different people, you may also get references from your University.

Most employers will have a reference form that your referees can complete and attach a compliments slip/headed paper or stamp with the company details on. If your references need translating, they must be notarised and stamped by a public notary.

Hope this helps!

Kind regards, 

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hi Auntie Wendy, 

 

I know I need to have a sponsor and that I must get level 7 in IELTS to become a nurse in the UK with my degree from the Philippines, but I wondered if I could still come and work as a Carer?

Would I still need IELTS and a sponsor?

 

Kind regards,

 

Hello!

 

Thank you for your question. 

You will still need a sponsor for your Tier 2 visa application. 

Although there are no exams you need to take to demonstrate your communicaion skills, it is recoommended that you ensure you have a good grasp of the English language in order to effectively communicate with those in your care.

 
Kind regards, 

 

Auntie Wendy

Hi Auntie Wendy. Why is there so much fuss about CVs? I am a trained nurse with all the correct certificates and qualifications from my country. So why do UK employers need to know every detail about my life and career before they will interview me?

It's not a bad, I promise, it is just that in the UK, employers in the healthcare sector (by law) must do background checks on anyone they wish to hire and your CV should be almost like a diary - showing your full work and education history and a record of anything else that you have achieved. 

 There will be a number of people applying for the same position as you, so you need to make yourself stand out, your CV is your opportunity to do this! Employers will not be able to interview every single person that sends in their CV, so they choose those they do want to invite for an interviw based on their CV.  This is why it is important to make your CV memorable!

Your CV is your way of selling yourself to future employers -  you want to impress them on paper then again at the interview to let them know that they are choosing the BEST person for their job!


I hope this helps, if you would lik any CV writing guidance, please just ask, we are more than happy to help. 

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

What should I do if I got an NMC PIN application form but did not complete it and send it back in time?

If you have not completed your NMC application form and sent it back within 6 months of receiving it you will need to contact the NMC.

When you speak witth NMC,  you should make sure you have your PRN number ready so they know who you are and can access your information quickly.

You should then explain what happened and ask how you can continue with your application.

  

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

 Thank you for assisting me by answering this question. 

I am a US trained nurse looking to register here in the UK, I need assistance with the application to the NMC, can you help?

Hi and thank you for your question.

Yes of course we can help.

You will need to register as an overseas nurse: https://ireg.nmc-uk.org/

I have also attached the NMC guide below.

 

Can you tell me which parts of the application you are having difficulty with?

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hello, I would like to work in Ireland.

Do u have jobs in Ireland or Northern Ireland?

Or maybe you can help me to find a job as a nurse in Ireland?

Thanks

 

Thank you for contacting me.

 

I have a few questions:

Where did you qualify as a nurse?

Where are you currently living?

 

We are currently placing nurses in the United Kingdom - which includes Northern Ireland but not the Republic of Ireland.

 

Can you please send me your current CV including contact details?

 

Many thanks

 

Auntie Wendy

Hi Auntie Wendy.

I'm looking for job in the UK.

I want to work as a Health Care Assistant in any town in the UK.

I have worked in the psychiatric clinic in Russia for a few months but I do hold an EU passport, I am a European citizen.

 

Hello, thank you very much for your email.

 

As an EU citizen you can travel freely throughout the European Union, so you won’t need a visa to come to the UK. We can certainly contact our clients on your behalf and what options are available to you.

Please could you send us your CV?

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

 

Good morning, I was hoping you could help me?

I’m trying to apply to the NMC, I got all my documents ready to go and now I have to do an IELTS test.

Why do I have to do IELTS? I am a good nurse and I can speak English well.

What is the test for?

  Thank you!

Hello,

 

You need to complete an IELTS test with a score of Level 7 in all four sections due to a change in January 2016.

This change meant that all nurses applying to the NMC must submit evidence of their qualifications as well as evidence of that their knowledge of English meets the standards set in 2003.

 

In November 2003 following a public consultation and evidence from the British Council, the NMC made the decision that an IELTS score of 7 would be the lowest level acceptable for language skills.

 

We have an IELTS Information guide available to help you. 

 

I hope this has helped you, if you have any more questions, please just ask.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Auntie Wendy

 

Hello,
         I am a registered nurse from India working in the UK since 2007 as a care assistant in the NHS and I  am also a British citizen at present.

Now I have passed IELTS and CBT and my paperwork is being processed by the NMC.

They asked for the police clearance for the countries I lived in. I have already got one from India, but how do I apply for police clearance for the UK, is the DBS enough?

Kind Regards

 

 

Hello,

Thank you for your question.  Yes, the DBS is perfect for UK police clearance as it checks all records.

Please let us know if you need any help finding a good nursing position in the UK.

Kind Regards

 

Auntie Wendy