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6 months in the UK!

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I can’t believe it’s been 6 months. Time surely flies. I was walking back home after buying a bunch of pens in Poundland (I bought a dozen about two months ago, and I lost most of them) and it occurred to me that today’s the 3rd of May. Exactly six months from the day I arrived in this country. It’s been a crazy 6 months, so many things happened that I’m still recovering from the mental stress. Still, I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work and live here. There are days that I still feel amazed that I’m actually walking in the streets of London, jogging in the park… those menial stuff that I have never imagined I will be able to do in this beautiful city, I can do now, and it’s just awesome.

So, if you are reading this and you are a nurse who wants to live in the UK too, my advise is, never give up. The steps to get here are not easy, you will feel discouraged some days, but keep on working hard, you’ll get here eventually. Once you’re in the UK, you still have to go through a lot to get the elusive NMC pin, just keep on praying hard and stay focused on your dream, you’ll live your dream in the end.

To all my batch mates at King’s College Hospital, Happy 6 months!

 

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Spring in London

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It’s been a while guys, hello! April has been a very intense month for me. On April 1, I got a call early in the morning that our house in the Philippines was on fire. My family is safe, which is great. The house is currently on renovation. Material things can be replaced, we are still grateful that no one was harmed. Our pets are okay too.

I joined NHS Professionals  recently so that I can start “banking”. To get a “bank” shift means to get extra shifts. Through NHSP, you can bank at any area within your trust or other participating trust. It’s really up to you. You can choose where to bank. I was told that you get paid more at NHSP and you get paid weekly. I haven’t started banking yet. I did book banks at my current unit, which wont be until the third week of May. Joining is quite simple, you just need to fill up some forms online, you will also need to visit their office personally to sign the contract. If you are interested in signing up, you can read more information here.

For anyone in the Philippines who are very interested in working at King’s College Hospital, Omanfil International Manpower are conducting interviews for Medical, Endoscopy and Pediatrics posts. Don’t overthink, just send your resume! =) Check out their Facebook page here.

It’s Spring here in London, there are days that are warm and sunny, but we get wet and gloomy days a lot. Yesterday my roommates and I went out because the weather was so nice. This morning, I woke up and it was drizzling outside. I was thinking of going out this morning because I didn’t run yesterday, but this weather is making me feel lazy.

Anyway, here are some photos of our walk around the city yesterday…

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I resisted shopping because I’m broke AF. I had fun though, and the bubblewrap gelato was amazing. It’s worth it!

Have a great day ahead!

Novel

My UK application timeline.

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Hello London! Photo by: Novel Sanchez

Hi guys!

How are you all doing? I’ve been getting good questions lately regarding my UK application experience, so, I figured I should share my application timeline:

April 12, 2017 – I left Saudi Arabia. Before leaving the country for good, I was already determined to go to the UK. I have emailed several agencies in the Philippines and I asked what are the requirements. I made sure that I have the following documents before I left KSA: Certificate of Good Standing, Police Clearance, Letter of Recommendations, and Certificate of No Objection.

May 1, 2017 – Invited for an interview with the King’s College Hospital recruitment team at Omanfil Manpower Agency in Manila. We had a calculation exam the previous day and I passed the interview on the first of May. FYI: At the time, you can only secure an interview if you have taken the UKVI/IELTS exam or you’re already booked to take the exam. I had to book my exam as soon as possible to be interviewed, haha.

May 6, 2017 – I took the UKVI exam. 13 days later, the result came out and I passed! I immediately signed up at the NMC website to book my CBT.

June 6, 2017 – I took the CBT exam in Makati and got the result in the afternoon. I luckily passed.

July 6, 2017 – It took me a while to complete all the documents needed so that I could move on to the next step in the portal. College docs, PRC docs, medical exam, my bar coded forms for my references had to be sent in Riyadh… I’m lucky I was able to finish it all in a month’s time. All my documents were received and I finally entered the queue on the 6th of July.

August 30, 2017 – I got a feedback and was asked to resubmit a document. Apparently I needed a letter of declaration from the translator. Since, I already know that I wont get it from the translator I paid in Saudi Arabia. I had to go to the National Center for Muslim Filipinos to translate my documents all over again. I paid extra cash for a declaration letter. They bled me dry guys. I had to pay though, otherwise my application will be delayed.

August 31, 2017 – I re-uploaded the scanned documents in the portal.

September 6, 2017 – I finally got a decision letter from the NMC! Yay!!!

September 8, 2017 – I had an early PDOS because I had to go for a two week vacation in La Union. Having fun while waiting for the Certificate of Sponsorship.

October 4, 2017 – COS arrived! *happy dance*

October 11, 2017 – Visa Appointment!

October 12, 2017 – Re-medical, apparently the medical exam is only valid for 3 mos… I am already broke…jk.

October 30, 2017 – PDOS 2!!! Refund guys, I got a refund for my UKVI and IOM. They gave us our tickets as well. Exciting!

November 2, 2017 – Flight to London! Yay!

November 6, 2017 – Induction at King’s College Hospital.

November 13, 2017 – My first day at Surgical Assessment Unit.

January 23, 2018 – OSCE day at the Northampton University

January 25, 2018 – OSCE passer! *cue tears of joy* I then paid my registration fee.

January 26, 2018 – UKRN! Finally got my pin from the NMC.

The entire application is not easy. It will take time, effort and a lot of money too. Don’t be discouraged though, if you really want to go to the UK, I’m sure you can endure and surpass all of this hurdles too! The process may be longer or shorter for others, it really varies. So, if you feel like sharing your UK application timeline…share away! Post it in the comment section.

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Have a great day ahead!

UK Visa application requirements via VFS Global

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I promised that I will post the requirements/documents needed for the UK Visa application for Tier 2 (General New Hires), so, here it is. You will need a separator which you can get from the website. For more information you can visit the VFS website here.

1. Employment Evidence:

-Offer Letter
-Certificate of Employment
-Reference Letters

2. Financial Evidence:

– I left this page blank.

3. Educational Evidence:

-High School Diploma
-College Diploma
-Transcript of Records (TOR)
-Related Learning Experience (RLE)
-Board Certificate
-IELTS/UKVI (Original Copy)

4. Sponsor Evidence:

-Letter sent by the hospital
-COS

5. Consent letters and proof of relationships:

-Birth certificate
-For married applicants, it is possible that there are additional requirements needed such as marriage certificate, etc.

6. Accommodation:

-I left this page blank.

7. TB Certificate

-IOM (Original Copy)

8. Other Docs:

-Passport (I included expired passports, I also had the pages with stamps on them photocopied, both from the new and old passports)

-CBT screenshot (the congratulatory email from NMC)
-OSCE Decision Letter
-NBI
-For ex-Saudi, Police Clearance with English translation and Letter of Declaration.

9. Appendix:

-I left it blank

NOTE: Make sure that when you present the documents at VFS (on the desk for scanning) give the original copy of your IOM and UKVI IELTS. Don’t worry, they will return all the documents to you on the same day as soon as they are done scanning them. It’s important that you present the original because the photocopied material tends to become a bit blurry. They will ask you to resend it if it comes out blurry, and and we don’t want that.

The entire process is quick as long as you have all the documents needed and its arranged accordingly. I came to the centre early and was able to get in before my scheduled appointment because there were only a few people inside. I finished earlier than expected. This is by appointment only, make sure that you set an appointment online.

Here is the exact address of VFS Global in Makati.

VFS Manila Visa Application Centre Mezzanine Floor, Unit M01 Ecoplaza Building
2305 Chino Roces Ave. Extension
Makati City 1231
Manila

Hope this helped. If you have questions, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Cheers!

Novel

NMC application requirements and personal updates…

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Happy weekend everyone! It’s a sunny morning here in London today, hopefully it will be sunny the whole day. It’s still freaking cold though.

Just an update, after passing my OSCE, I took another exam as a requirement in the trust at King’s College Hospital for me to be able to give medications to my patients. It is called the Drug Assessment Programme aka DAP. You have to get level 1 on that, meaning 100% on calculations and at least an 80% in theories. If you passed OSCE, you can pass DAP. Just make sure that you study as hard as you did for OSCE, haha, not really. There will be review sessions. I’m pretty sure that other trusts have the same exams, but it shouldn’t worry you that much. It’s not as scary as the OSCE’s.

But, I digress. I mean to post some information regarding the documents overseas nurses needed to submit to the NMC. Here it goes…

As most of you know, I am an ex-Saudi nurse and I worked there from October 2011 to April 2017. So, the requirements needed to complete my registration to the NMC are different to those who practiced in the Philippines. Here are the requirements I submitted to the NMC.

1. UKVI/IELTS certificate

2. Birth Certificate

3. PRC Board Certificate

4. NBI

5. Saudi Council For Health Specialties (SCFHS) registration certificate. It must be translated in English. I had it translated at NCMF (National Commission of Muslim Filipino) in Commonwealth Ave, QC.

6. Saudi Police Clearance. It will be only valid for 3 months from the date the certificate was issued. It should also be translated to English.

7. Translator’s declaration letter – you need to pay an extra fee at NCMF to get one. It’s needed though, this letter will certify that the translation is legit and accurate.

8. Good Standing Certificate from SCFHS. It’s in English and need not to be translated. It can be acquired online. You can check my previous posts regarding Good Standing certificate.

9. Barcoded Forms:

  • College
  • 2 Employment References
  • Medical Certificate

Those are the only things I can remember on top of my head. I’ll add more if I remember the others.

If you have questions, just leave a comment. I’ll try to answer them as soon as I can.

Have a great day ahead y’all!

Novel

Breaking News: OET now accepted for NMC Registration.

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Two days ago, the Nursing and Midwifery Council made an announcement that they will accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as an alternative test to prove the English proficiency of nurses and midwives trained outside the UK, starting on November 1, 2017. You can check the full article here. It is noted that many nurses that are trained outside EU are struggling to pass their IELTS. This sounds a very good news indeed for aspiring UKRNs, they now have another option should they find it difficult to pass IELTS.

A friend of mine who took both OET and IELTS in the past told me that OET is easier than IELTS. I can’t really prove this, but, just knowing you have another option aside from the IELTS, makes the nurses breathe a little easier and less anxious. Of course, you still have to prepare yourself well before taking the OET. I was told that the exam is worth more than twenty thousand pesos. That’s like two IELTS exam fees combined.

Another thing to consider is that when you apply for your UK visa, you will still need to secure a UKVI IELTS exam. At this very moment, it is unclear if the Home Office will accept the OET for visa purpose. If it will be accepted, that’s good news. If not, then you’ll pay another thirteen thousand for your UKVI IELTS test. On the brighter side, you will only need to get an overall band score of 4 for Tier 2 visa application.

I still think it is best to take and pass the UKVI IELTS exam, because it is cheaper and can be used for both the NMC registration and visa application. But, if you can afford it, go for the OET.

Novel

KSA Files: SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing

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Hi everyone! I just got back from a week-long vacation and I’m stuck at home today because I’m sick. Anyway, I want to be productive today so, I will be writing about how to get a SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing.

If you are going to apply for a job overseas, whether its a GCC country or somewhere else, it is likely that they will ask a copy of your Certificate of Good Standing. So here’s how you get one:

First, go to the SCFHS website. Then, click e-services.

Next, click Additional e-services list.

Then, click Registration.

A list will appear, just click on Request a certificate of good standing.

Then, fill out all the information the system asks. First, it will ask for your registration number. This is the number that appears in your registration certificate and ID. Example: 11RN1234567 Make sure you type it without spaces or hyphen.

Click next. The system will ask for your e-mail address and mobile number. Make sure you write the correct e-mail address because once paid, the SCFHS will send your Certificate of Good Standing on your e-mail address.

After typing your email address, and valid KSA mobile number, click Next. On the new page, there will be a drop down box, Select Good Standing and then choose Add Service. Click Next. On the next page, click Confirm.

Upon confirmation, the invoice will appear on the screen. You may or may not print it, it’s really up to you. However, you NEED to keep the Account Number. You will need it to pay for the certificate. You can pay it on any ATM that accepts SADAD payments. The cost of the SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing is 300.00 SR. I paid via NCB, it’s actually very easy. On the ATM, choose SADAD payments, then look for SCFHS payments (there are a lot of government agencies and we hit the next button plenty of times, make sure you keep your eyes glued to the monitor). Lastly, the machine will ask for the Account Number.

Once paid, you will receive your Certificate of Good Standing within 24 hrs. It will be in PDF form and will be sent to you via email. The certificate is electronically generated and is already in English. No need for English translations unlike the Saudi Police Clearance and the SCFHS Registration Certificate. *More info about this papers on the next blog post*

If you find any incorrect information on your certificate you can contact the SCFHS and they can investigate the problem for you. They will fix the inaccuracies and send you an updated certificate. you can contact them on the following channels:

Call center: 920019393

E-mail: care@scfhs.org

Hope this helps!

Novel

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