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UHBW Library for Nursing and Midwifery

The Internationally Educated Nurses' Community of Practice

The IENs' Professional Network meets quarterly online, via Teams, to discuss current work or study, as well as career pathways. Join us to seek advice and share ideas and skills in a supportive and confidential environment.

Click on the link below to see details of our next meeting or contact the Library Desk to find out more.

Jargon and Terminology


Acronym Buster | NHS Confederation
The NHS uses a variety of medical abbreviations that you may be unfamiliar with. This jargon buster can help you to make sense of NHS abbreviations and acronyms:

TLAP Care and Support Jargon Buster (
TLAP ("Think Local Act Personal" project) also have a jargon guide that you can access above: it is a great directory of Plain English definitions of commonly used words and phrases in health and social care.

Professional Bodies

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Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC):
The professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England. Here you can find further information on nursing standards, and the Test of Competence (including the CBT and OSCE).


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Royal College of Nursing (RCN):
The Royal College of Nursing is the world’s largest nursing union and professional body. If you are an international nursing professional who currently works within the UK - the RCN welcomes you. As an RCN member, you’ll be entitled to a wide range of benefits, such as information on working across the UK, career support and networking opportunities. Find out more at the website.

Wellbeing at UHBW

Starting a new job can be stressful, especially so if you are moving far from home. UHBW library takes staff wellbeing seriously: Please visit the wellbeing page of our main library website to find resources on managing stress, money, diet and more.

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Welcome to UHBW - we're here to help you make the most of your journey in the Trust.

Join the library! Call into the library at our Bristol or Weston sites, the library staff will be happy to get you started, or simply click here to register. To find out more contact

Support from UHBW'S Clinical Pastoral Team

Career Clinics - The Clinical Pastoral Team will be conducting career clinics throughout 2023! 

These 45 minute sessions look at career aspirations, offering support for professional development in UHBW,  exploring career pathways and opportunities as well as providing interview guidance. 

Clinic Dates for 2023: 

Further dates coming soon! 

Book a session now! To book a session or if you have any questions please contact: 


OSCE Preparation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) introduced a test of competency for internationally registered nurses in October 2014. This test measures candidates against the current UK pre-registration standards for nursing and midwifery, and is comprised of 2 sections. Professionals who have trained outside the UK are required to complete both parts of the test. 

Part 1: Computer based test (CBT) consisting of multiple choice questions.

Part 2: Objective Structures Clinical Examination (OSCE). This exam is designed to test your ability to competently apply your professional nursing skills and knowledge in the United Kingdom (UK).

CBT Preparation

For guidance, infomation and practice tests for CBT, go to the Pearson website here.

OSCE Preparation

There are lots of resources and support available to help you to prepare for your examination visit the NMC website here for webinar recordings, information booklets and test specifications.

Recommended Books

We are looking into acquiring more support materials for your test of competence for our library sites. In the meantime, you can request the following books as interlibrary loans. To request the books, please email us at

Library Support

The library is here to support you with your study needs, wellbeing and personal development.
Please contact the library for support with:


Making the most of library resources
Literature search training
Critical appraisal training
Study skills training
OSCE preparation

Library services:
Evidence based practice: Current awareness updates
Time saving: We can run literature searches on your behalf

Printing and scanning
Uninterrupted computer access

Wellbeing resources

As a member of staff at UHBW, you can undertake these sessions during your regular working hours. Please speak with your Team about being released from your duties for library training: you can contact us for more information at