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Further details on the update to the Part 2 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

We have had a few queries regarding the new skills and scenarios for Children, Adult and Midwifery being implemented on 14th June 2021 for the current Test of Competence:

  1. There is no change to the timings or marking criteria for the Children, Adult and Midwifery scenarios (APIE). A copy of the marking criteria for APIE for each field of practice can be accessed in the Nursing and Midwifery Fields section of this website and on the online learning platforms/websites of the other two Competence Test Centres.
  2. The marking criteria for the new Adult Nursing skills: insertion of fine bore nasogastric tube, pressure area assessment, visual infusion phlebitis (VIP) assessment and intravenous cannula flush (all 8 minute’s duration) can be found in the updated Adult Nursing Marking Criteria version 1.13 in the Nursing and Midwifery Fields section of this website and on the online learning platforms/websites of the other two Competence Test Centres.
  3. A copy of the Braden scale and a copy of the VIP assessment tool are available in the supporting documentation.
  4. The pressure area assessment skill is a written station.

Please note these are new OSCE stations for the current Test of Competence, and not the new Test of Competence that will go live in August 2021. There will be some applicants that will still be able to continue taking the current OSCE for a set period of time after the new test has gone live, hence we are doing this refresh for general test maintenance purposes. For further information around the transitional arrangements when the new test goes live, please visit the NMC Website. If you want to register to receive NMC updates on this, please register on the same website to receive a notification when an announcement has been made.