Nursing and Midwifery Council Competence Test Centre Assistant Lead Examiner

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£36,382 - £40,927
25 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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 competence test centre (CTC) 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:

  • Assistant Lead Examiner NMC Competence Test Centre

As an Associate Lead Examiner 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 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 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 30/01/2022