Our AV and IT works have now been completed at the NMC Competence Test Centre run by the University of Northampton.

The Competency Test Centre based at the University of Northampton’s Innovation Centre offers a state-of-the-art facility for candidates sitting the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Part 2 of the overseas test of competence.

Nurses and Midwives who completed their training outside of the EU or EEA are able to undertake an Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) before they can be eligible to join the NMC register. This is a practical test to ensure that nurses’ skills are assessed in a robust and objective way, in order to protect the public.

With an estimated shortage of 20,000 nurses in the NHS and 96% of hospitals reporting a shortage of nurses and midwives, the NHS has increasingly had to rely on recruiting nurses from abroad. Last year more than a quarter of new recruits came from overseas. To cope with this shortage of UK and EU trained nurses, more than 30,000 have undertaken the NMC’s Test of Competence for nurses and midwives at the University of Northampton since 2014. The growing demand for Competency Testing completely outstripped supply, and the University of Northampton reinvested to upgrade their existing facility further.

To learn more about this installation project please click here.

The tech supplied by Adaptive as part of the initial Innovation Centre project gained international recognition winning “Public Services Project of the Year” at the 2017 AV Awards.

At the time of writing, the CTC will re-open once it is safe to do so following the COVID-19 outbreak.