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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One Response to “Government removes ‘unnecessary’ extra language test for overseas nurses”

  1. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has greatly hit the health care facilities in the country. The hospitals are reeling under nursing shortages. The innovating way to boost international recruitment of doctors, nurses, midwives, and dentists by scrapping the immigration service test will surely help medical facilities to overcome shortages of healthcare personnel. Now, they can fill much needed existing vacancies with overseas nurses and other healthcare professionals. It’s also a good opportunity for English speaking and language proficient overseas nurses, doctor, dentists, and midwives to get recruitment in the UK with ease and advance their career.

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