Simulation Technician Nursing and Midwifery Council Competence Test Centre

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Northumbria University is delighted to have recently become an approved provider to conduct the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Test of Competence. We are one of five test centres based around the UK. The Test Centres provide Part Two of the NMC’s Test of Competence for international nurses and midwifes seeking registration with the NMC and for those nurses and midwives looking to renew their registration after a career break. Part Two is a nursing or midwifery Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which simulates a clinical environment and various ‘patient’ scenarios which are likely to be encountered by registered nurses and midwives. Candidates are expected to utilise a modern evidence base and effectively demonstrate safe practical application of nursing and midwifery skills. The Test of Competence is blueprinted against the current UK pre-registration standards which are available on the NMC’s website.

Northumbria is busy developing the new test centre on our Coach Lane Campus, a short distance outside Newcastle City Centre, and we are looking to open for business in the Spring of 2022.

We have a number of opportunities in development to support the running and operation of the test centre and examinations and are now in a position to offer the role below on a three-year fixed term contract:

  • NMC Test Centre Simulation Technician

The simulation technician will provide a broad range of technical and administrative support services in the NMC Competence Test Centre (CTC). They will work closely with the lead examiner, assistant lead examiners and administrative staff to ensure the setup of OSCE candidate exam paperwork, equipment, and stock for testing days.

The role requires specific technical skills and a well-developed working knowledge of technical practices and procedures. The work will involve the application of skills and knowledge to react to changing priorities and to ensure work conforms to agreed quality standards, guidelines, and procedures.

There will be elements of moving and handling to set up equipment to ensure clinical skills tests are fully supported. The post holder will also provide equivalent cover in other areas within the CTC when required.

Qualified to degree level or equivalent professional experience in one or more of the practice-based subjects offered by the faculty the successful candidate will have knowledge and understanding of the OSCE process, or similar practical exams management, equipment, and camera operation techniques, good working knowledge of current Health and Safety regulations and procedures and experience of working in specialist clinical skills centre, laboratory, workshop, or studio facilities.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Alan Platt, Deputy Head of Department, Nursing, Midwifery and Health at 

For more information, please visit Northumbria University's OSCE centre.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 therefore the successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now’ and submit a Covering Letter and your CV and where relevant any documents specifically request in the Role Description and Person Specification.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Please note this vacancy will close on 25/01/2022

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