Language tests for overseas nurses and midwives  are an important part of moving to the UK for work – however it has been announced that healthcare staff will now only need to pass one English language test instead of two. This forms part of moves to make it quicker and simpler for much-needed health professionals such as nurses to come and work in the UK.

Under current arrangements, healthcare staff must sit two English language tests – one set by the NMC and the other for the UK Visas and Immigration Service. However, the government said it made sense to scrap the immigration service test because the standard demanded by the NMC was higher.

The NMC requires nurses and midwives to achieve set grades in either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET).

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