Change in English language requirements for applicants trained outside the UK

The Nursing Midwifery Council's review of its English requirements for applicants, who qualified outside the UK and EU/EEA has taken place. Therefore, TMI will provide you with the necessary information about changes and new opportunities.

Review of the NMC's English langugage requirements

There are alternative options available for nurses and midwives, trained outside the UK, to demonstrate their English language capability. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will from 1 November 2017 accept the Occupational English Test (OET) in addition to the International English Language Test System (IELTS), as proof of a nurse of midwife’s English language competence. While this provides an alternative way for nurses and midwives to demonstrate their English language capability, applicants will be required to meet he NMC’s existing English language standards.

Nurses and midwives who have qualified outside EU/EEA will now also be able to demonstrate their English capability by providing evidence that they have:

Undertaken a pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification taught and examined in English.

Registered and practiced 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.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith said:

“Nurses and midwives trained outside the UK make up around 15 percent of our register. They are vital to the delivery of health and care services across the UK.

“By accepting alternative forms of evidence we are increasing the options available for nurses and midwives to demonstrate they have the necessary command of English to practise safely and effectively, without compromising patient safety.”

This represents the first stage of the NMC’s review of its English language requirements. It will continue to evaluate other potential types of evidence, develop additional support for applicants and explore the evidence base for the IELTS test.

What are the differences?

1. OET tests medical and clinical English. IELTS tests academic English.

2. OET’s speaking and writing papers are designed specifically for nurses (reading and listening are for a general medical audience including nurses).

3. The English language training courses that nurses need to achieve Grade B in OET will be relevant, useful and motivating, as it reflects the language of clinical care.

4. OET training courses will also be shorter and more targeted than IELTS preparation courses.

For more information about the Occupational Test please click here

We are looking forward to assist nurses who have lost faith to gain more knowledge about this test and see if we can help them pass this new test! Please make sure to contact us whenever you have any questions, we are happy to help you out!

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