Nursing and Midwifery Council Competence Test Centre Assistant Lead Examiner

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.

The Competence Test Centre at Northumbria University opened in March 2022, and we are now in the process of increasing our capacity to undertake NMC’s Test of Competence and expand the Centre’s team. We have a number of opportunities to support this continued development and we are now in a position to offer the role below on a three-year fixed term contract:

  • NMC Competence Test Centre Assistant Lead Examiner

As an Assistant Lead Examiner (ALE) in the NMC Competence Test Centre (CTC) you will work closely with the Lead Examiner of the NMC Competence Test Centre (LE-CTC) to ensure the effective and efficient running of the assessment process, in line with the University and NMC requirements and governance processes. The role holder, when required, will deputise for the LE-CTC in all matters relating to the CTC and represent the test centre at meetings with other test centres.

We welcome applications from registered nurses from across all four fields of nursing, adult, child, mental health and learning disability, and registered midwives. A current NMC registration, relevant to your field of practice, is essential.

Due to the nature of this role secondments and part time, casual and varied hours will be considered.

The successful candidate will have experience of teaching, mentoring and supervising nursing or midwifery students and qualified staff in a clinical or higher education setting. The role holder will be responsible for the assessment and moderation of the safe and effective application of clinical skills by nurses and midwives, at the point of entry to the register via OSCE. Working closely with the LE-CTC will be responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of specifically designed simulated skills sessions for candidates undertaking the NMC OSCE assessments.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Norman Franklin, head of the NMC Competency Test Centre at For more information, please visit Northumbria University's OSCE centre.

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

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.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Relocation Assistance Scheme

Please note this vacancy will close on 22/05/2022

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