working as a nurse in uk
Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 18, 2013 4:58 AM Last Post By: Lisa_Cole
Nov 19, 2012 1:26 AM
working as a nurse in ukHi,
I plan to work in London as a nurse. 10 years of experience as a nurse in France. What do I need to know before I leave France, except getting registered before working?
What is the salary I can expect? Where will I pay taxes? Is the registration strictly required before beginning any job in UK? What are the differencies between UK and France? etc...
Please, all tips, hints and advices are very welcome.
Nov 19, 2012 2:38 AM
1start with .....GOV.UK /
Getting free impartial advice see.....
for some basic knowledge of the UK's NHS
see.....WIKIPEDIA.ORG / National Health Service
available in your first language.
Find some where to live first
if your renting ask your landlord for
a charactor reference "a letter"
explaining your new to the U.K.
only then can you organize a tax number
called a "National Insurance Number"
Edited by: yofletch
Edited by: yofletch
Nov 19, 2012 2:57 AM
2for a U.K. sim card / pack
go to your nearest ASDA supermarket
Nov 19, 2012 3:06 AM
Nov 19, 2012 3:07 AM
Nov 19, 2012 4:21 AM
5The body that oversees nurses in the Uk is Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - see http://www.nmc-uk.org/Registration/Joining-the-register/Trained-in-the-EU-or-EEA/Trained-in-France/ for advice to nurses who trained in France. I'd also suggest reading up about NHS (unless you only want to work in private sector) and the NMC Code of Practice - see http://www.nmc-uk.org/Nurses-and-midwives/Standards-and-guidance1/The-code/The-code-in-full/
Tax in UK is dealt with by HM Revenue and Customs, and deducted by employer at source, unless you are self employed. National Insurance, a form of tax, is also deducted from earnings, by employer.
Nov 19, 2012 1:07 PM
Nov 20, 2012 1:55 AM
7I'd really worry if your last post was what I had to read in handover about a patient, as it doesn't make total sense.
However, currently those registered in other EU countries don't have to prove their ability in English language, knowledge of NHS, British drug uses etc. If you wonder why this matters, so this example of a fatal error cause by a German registered doctor who gace 10x normal dose of diamophine, a drug he was not familiar with: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/8479541.stm
Nov 20, 2012 5:21 AM
Nov 20, 2012 5:29 AM
What is the salary I can expect?
That will depend what grade of nurse you are - and where you work.
Where will I pay taxes?
If you are employed, it will deducted at source - per day, per week, per fortnight, or per month.
If you're self-employed, you pay it to The Inland Revenue on demand.
What are the differencies between UK and France?
In England the language is generally English. It France it is generally French.
Nov 20, 2012 5:41 AM
Nov 20, 2012 5:58 AM
11The food is better???? In France I mean of course
That's a matter of opinion only, though.
Nov 20, 2012 12:15 PM
12Sorry, if you get confused when I asked the diferencies between france and Uk. This question would be understood by a nurse who has experienced the both sides: what a nurse can do in UK and not in France and the opposite. An example: medical prescriptions. In France we strictly are not allowed to make any prescription, only doctors and midwives ( only a limited list of medecines related to their activity).
Hopefully, that will be clearer.
Edited by: tanisa
Nov 21, 2012 1:41 AM
Nov 21, 2012 3:38 AM
14Nurses can prescribe in UK if they have the necessary training, and usually only for a very specific range of conditions / medications eg diabetes, dermatology, asthma etc, either as practice nurses in a general practice (GP) surgery or in a hospital clinic.
Haven''t you looked at NMC website (I gave URL in #5) yet?!? That will answer a lot of your questions about what nursing in UK involves - and you can pick out the differences between those features and what you know of nursing in France.
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