Nurses and midwives who have trained outside the European Union including Uganda are now allowed to apply to come and work in the UK immediately after qualifying.
The move follows procedural changes by the nurse and midwife regulatory body the Nursing and Midwifery Council and brings applicants from outside the EU into line with their EU counterparts.
Previously, nurses and midwives from outside the EU were required to have worked for at least 12 months after qualifying before being able to apply to work in the UK.
Under the new rules, all those applying to work in the UK from outside the EU will still be required to pass tests to show they are safe to work and also show they can communicate effectively in English.
Overseas nurses wishing to practice in the UK must demonstrate their language skills by passing either the International English Language Testing System exam or the Occupational English Test.
To register as a nurse or midwife if you trained outside the European Union please click here