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It is essential that candidates prepare for the test of competence and we recommend at least 14 days preparation time from booking to test date to sufficiently prepare yourself. The test blue print on the NMC’s web site offers some useful links to online resources which may be helpful. On successful application and fee payment to Oxford Brookes University you will receive access to additional resources relevant to the test, i.e. manuals, videos and recommended reading.
The following documents will support your preparation for the OSCE. We highly recommend you take the time to read these.
Please note: the OSCE support materials reflect live materials in which actors are used in the relevant stations (for example in the Assessment station in the APIE). We currently expect that actors will be used when the TOC 21 goes live in August. If this situation changes, we will notify Trusts and registered candidates directly. We will also provide the information on this web page.
The OSCE is made up of six stations, each lasting between 8-15 minutes with additional induction time. Four stations will be scenario based and relate to the holistic patient centred Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation stages of nursing and midwifery care. Two stations will be testing practical clinical skills. Please remember you will have done these nursing or midwifery competencies many times before. Make sure that you read the station instructions carefully. Do not be afraid to look at them again if you are unsure. You will not be penalised for this.
Typical skills which may be tested either on their own or within a nursing/midwifery scenario include:
Communication is central to nursing and midwifery practice and will always be assessed during the OSCE’s.
We assess the full range of communication skills (verbal, nonverbal and written) by observing the interaction between the candidate and a simulated patient (this may be an actor or a nursing manikin) and also by assessing your nursing or midwifery documentation.
The examiner will assess your approach to the simulated patient all through the examination, and they will award marks for communication skills such as:
You should speak to the simulated patient as you would any patient are meeting for the first time. If you are being assessed using a nursing manikin please remember to verbalises you actions and reasons for actions in the same way you would with a real patient.
You should be able to undertake an accurate nursing or midwifery assessment and make a reasoned plan of care if required. You should be able to: