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NMC announces change to English language requirement for overseas nurses and midwives

Posted on 10 December 2018

The proposed change to the requirements for overseas nurses and midwives taking the International English Language Test System (IELTS) were given the go-ahead at an NMC council meeting on the 28th November 2018.

Prior to the change the NMC had received feedback that despite having a good level of communication in English, many nurses and midwives taking the IELTS were just missing out on achieving a level 7.

The change, which came into effect on the 5th December, outlined that nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK will still be required to achieve an overall level 7 in the IELTS. However, a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.

The NMC has also highlighted that IELTS results under two years old that meet the new requirements will be considered by the regulator. This change is just one part of the NMC’s extensive review of international registration.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: "Good communication between nurses, midwives and patients is of paramount importance to the safety and care of patients. We are really pleased that the NMC continues to carefully progress reforms to the system of language testing, and believe these recommendations balance the need to protect the public with improved access for much needed nursing talent." (This comment was taken from NHS employers
 
 

This information was taken from the NMC website. View the full update here.

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