Paediatric OSCE

Paediatric or Child Health OSCE

The Paediatric OSCE is a simulation-based test that forms part of the mandatory process for registering as a Paediatric nurse with the UK NMC. The OSCE is made up of ten different stations where your skills will be tested (these are described below), and the test is delivered via five university test centres around the UK. The test requires candidates to perform tasks such as assessing a child’s vital signs, administering medication, and communicating effectively with young patients and their families.

How many stations are there for Paediatric OSCE?

APIE: Four stations will test APIE (Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation) skills. In Paediatric OSCE, the common APIE scenarios you will be given will be Asthma or Post-Tonsillectomy Bleed.

Skills: A further four stations will test you on two pairs of skills together. Skills can include:

  • Administration of Inhaled Medication (AIM)
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Basic Life Support
  • Fine-bore NG Tube
  • Nasopharyngeal Suctioning
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR)
  • Removal of Urinary Catheter (ROC or RUC)
  • Subcutaneous Injection

Mandatory Writing Stations:

Finally, two silent written stations will assess you on professional values and behaviours, and on evidence-based practice.

Where to take the OSCE test?

There are five NMC-approved OSCE test providers across the UK:

University of Northampton

Ulster University

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Northumbria University

Oxford Brookes University

Once you are ready to take the OSCE test, you can book the OSCE test. Health Skills Training can help you to select the test centre and make your booking.