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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Information and advice

Local and national restrictions

We’re aware of a number of local and national restrictions across the UK, however the Northampton Competence Test Centre objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) test centre will remain open during this time.

The safety of candidates and test centre staff remains a priority for us and the centre will continue to operate in line with Covid-secure measures. Travelling to any of the three OSCE test centres to complete your OSCE is considered essential travel.

We are monitoring any restrictions and their impact on OSCE test centres and will keep you updated of any changes.

Questions about your OSCE booking

If you have any questions about your OSCE booking or your circumstances change, please contact your test centre for support.

For further details please visit the following Nursing and Midwifery Council webpage.

For general information, please visit the NMC website.

Announcement July 2020 – Reopening of the Competence Test Centre

Dear Candidate the Nursing and Midwifery Council have announced that all three Competence Test Centres (CTC) will reopen on Monday 20th July 2020 and bookings can be made from 2nd July 2020.

Due to COVID 19 a number of minor amendments have been made to the Test of Competence OSCEs:

(a) In-hospital resuscitation will not be tested unless a candidate needs to resit this particular skill. In these circumstances the candidate will be advised of the health and safety precautions the centre has in place.page1image1294885904

(b) The assessment station (all scenarios) will not have an actor and therefore the patient’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration and oxygen saturation will not be measured. Please verbalise and explain how you would complete each vital sign. After you have explained each vital sign, the examiner will confirm verbally the individual measurement and hand you a flash card containing the data which must be documented correctly on the appropriate observation chart. You must document all observations accurately before the end of the station.

You will therefore be assessed on your ability to document observations accurately. The station time has been reduced to 10 minutes.

For general information, please visit the NMC website.

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