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Alternative language test for overseas nurses set to be brought in 'within weeks'

October 7, 2017

The introduction of an alternative language test to check foreign nurses’ communication skills could occur “within weeks” following an “overwhelmingly positive” response to a consultation on the changes, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has said.

Employers have expressed growing concerns that the International English Language Testing System exam - the only test currently used by the Nursing and Midwifery Council - is too difficult to pass, which is causing recruitment problems.

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The NMC said at its council meeting in London last week that it had been consulting with employers, chief nurses and unions on whether to use the Occupational English Test as an alternative to the IELTS.

The OET is already used in Australia and assesses English language in a nursing and he