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A nurse with child imageOctober 24 2017

New requirements regarding English language ability for nurses trained outside the UK will come into effect on November 1.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has expanded the number of options for nurses to fulfil the requirements around demonstrating proficiency. The main change is that the Occupational English Test (OET) can be used as an alternative to the International English Language Test System (IELTS), as proof of a nurse or midwife’s English language competence. However, applicants will still be required to meet the NMC’s existing English language standards.

In addition, “nurses and midwives who have qualified outside EU/EEA will now also be able to demonstrate their English language capability by providing evidence that they have:

  • undertaken a pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification taught and examined in English;
  • registered and practised for a minimum of one year in a country where English is the first and native language, and a successful pass in an English language test was required for registration.”

The NMC says that the changes allowing alternative forms of evidence “will bring the options available for nurses and midwives trained outside the EU/EEA more closely in line with evidence that we accept for those trained in the EU/EEA.”

Links:
NMC announcement       
NMC ‘Guidance on registration language requirements’  
OET – Occupational English Test

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