The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

OSCE Test Centre

Coming in February 2022!

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is delighted to have been awarded one of five contracts to become a national OSCE testing centre.

All nurses recruited from overseas, or nurses that have taken significant time away from their nursing career, must complete an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) as part of their ‘Test of Competence’ before they can be registered to practice in the UK.

The Test of Competence is an NMC requirement and enables professionals to demonstrate to assessors that they have the skills and knowledge to care for people safely and effectively.

We will be working with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to support the NHS, private and third sector organisations in expanding the nursing workforce in the UK. We are the first NHS organisation to be awarded a contract and it will be an incredible asset to increasing capacity in the North of the country.

We will receive our first OSCE candidates from February 2022.

We will provide regular updates on our progress and when bookings officially open. Details on how employers and candidates can book tests will be announced later this year and further information regarding the examination and bookings will be available in due course.

For general enquiries and to register you interest please email:

If you would like to discuss the facilities and what we can offer, please contact Lisa Gibson, Head of Nursing Workforce and Education on

More about the centre and test

The state-of-the-art testing facility, which will be based at Leeds General Infirmary from February 2022, will be able to deliver up to 7,000 tests per year. The facility will be accessible to nurses from across the country – it’s not limited to people in Leeds.

The NMC OSCE (part 2) test is for nurses, midwives and nursing associates who want to register and work in the UK.

More information on the test and how to register can be found on the NMC Website