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NMC Changes detailed.

Everyone is excited about the new changes announced by the Nursing Midwifery council. A detailed information as follows. Nurses and midwives who have qualified outside EU/EEA will now also be able to demonstrate their English language capability by providing evidence that they have:

Types of evidence that NMC will accept:

Evidence type 1: You have recently achieved the required score in IELTS or OET. You must achieve the required score in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking

  • We will accept a recent overall score of 7 in the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must achieve no less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

  • You may provide two IELTS test certificates to meet the above requirements, but must not have scored below 6.5 in any categories, in either of the test sittings. The two test sittings should be taken within six months of each other to be considered. OR

  • Grade B in OET maps onto IELTS level 7.0.

  • Applicants would need to get a grade B in all four areas of the test (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Summary: 1. You must score individual 7 band in General Academic or UKVI Academic Version of IELTS. Either in a single or two attempts with in 6 months(Clubbing). OR 2. You must score minimum B grade in OET( Occupational English Test) clubbing of scores not allowed. OET test location and dates can be found on this link:

Evidence type 2: A recent pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme that has been taught and examined in English.

  • If you have completed a NMC approved pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme at a NMC approved educational institution you shall be able to satisfy the Registrar that you have the necessary knowledge of English.(List of approved universities will be published later) OR

  • If you are seeking to rely on a pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme which has been taught and examined in English, the following applies:

  • 1 The course must have been composed of at least 50 percent clinical interaction. At least 75 percent of the course’s clinical interaction with patients, service users, their families and other healthcare professionals must have taken place in English.

  • 2 We need to ensure the training that you have undertaken provided you with an opportunity to demonstrate ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a range of environments. We may ask you to provide further evidence to demonstrate to us that you satisfy us that you have the necessary knowledge of English, for example a transcript from the university or Higher Education Institution (HEI) where you completed your course detailing the content of the training including how the clinical interaction in English was achieved.

Summary: 1.You will be eligible to register as a nurse or midwife if you complete a NMC approved pre-registration programme in a UK University. Applicants who have successfully completed a pre-registration course and gained a UK degree will not be required to provide any other evidence of language.

Overseas Nurses completed a UK Degree or Masters in Nursing will be eligible to register with NMC if the programme was approved by NMC. You will be able to find the approved programmes list on the below link:

Overseas Nurses already working in the UK can apply for a pre-registered nursing programme if they fail to meet other criteria.

2. Overseas Nurses will be exempted from other requirements if they can prove they studied in a Nursing college where medium of instruction was in English (We will publish the list of countries soon)

For example Ghana is not a country where English is recognised as the first and native language and we would therefore need to see evidence that the Nursing course has been taught and examined in English and will need to verify that evidence. All applicants using evidence of a programme taught and examined in English will need to provide evidence that demonstrates the course they undertook allowed for at least 50% clinical interaction and that 75% of the clinical interactions were in English. We will be publishing updated operational guidance, that will give more detail on the evidence requirements, on 1st November.

Evidence type 3: Registration and one year’s practice with a nursing or midwifery regulator in a country where English is the first and native.

  • Nationals of the countries listed below are considered to be from a majority English speaking country and automatically meet the English language requirement:

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Australia

  • The Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Canada

  • Dominica

  • Grenada

  • Guyana

  • Jamaica

  • New Zealand

  • St Kitts and Nevis

  • St Lucia

  • St Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • The United States of America

This list will be updated on a later stage

  • NMC may require employment references from each of your employers confirming that the practice you undertook was in English.

Summary: Trained Nurses from above countries will eligible to register with nmc if they have a valid registration and 1 year practice in their country.

Overseas Nurses working in above these countries will be eligible to register with NMC if they have registration and one year practice in the country. ie. Indian nurses working in Australia will be eligible register to with NMC

If you are a nurse from overseas and wanting to work in UK but not sure about the eligibility please send your cv to for an Initial assessment or If you believe you are eligible to register as nurse please email your cv and Passport copy to

Alternatively you can apply through our website or Apply Here

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