NMC English Language Update
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced nurses and midwives who have qualified outside EU/EEA will now also be able to demonstrate their English language capability by providing at least one of the evidence below:
English Language Requirements
International English Language Test System (IELTS)
If you have completed an IELTS Academic examination you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms:
at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and
at least 7.0 overall.
If you take an IELTS test, all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and you achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together. Both tests must be within 6 months.
Occupational English Test (OET)
If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms:
at least a B grade in listening and reading, and
at least a B grade in writing and speaking.
We will only accept results from OET tests taken from February 2016 onwards.
If you take the OET, all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+ and you achieve Grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together. Both tests must be within six months and you must do all sections on each test.
Summary: 1.You must score individual 7 band in Academic or UKVI Academic Version of IELTS. Either in a single or two attempts within 6 months (Clubbing).OR You must score minimum B grade in OET ( Occupational English Test) in a single or two tests
A recent Pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification which was taught and examined in English.
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:
The course was taught and examined in English.
The programme demonstrates your ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a range of environments.
You will need to provide us with the following:
A university transcript of training
A letter of reference from your training institution (or ask your training institution to complete sections 8a and 8b on the form to accompany your transcript of training).
Your evidence must confirm that the programme was composed of at least 50 percent clinical interaction. At least 75 percent of that must be with patients, service users, their families and other healthcare professionals must have taken place in English.
Please note, By recent, we mean evidence related to English Language Competence that is less than two years old at the point of making an application to the NMC. The British Council advises two years is the accepted period for an individual to remain proficient in English if the language is used regularly. Proficiency in English deteriorates after two years if it is not used on a regular basis.
Summary: 2 Overseas Nurses who completed a (pre-registration) Nursing or midwifery programme taught and examined in English will be eligible to register with NMC. It must have been obtained within the last two years, so the only people eligible will be those who have passed a course within the last two years.
For example, if you are a Nurse from Ghana or India or Philippines completed your bachelor's nursing in 2015 and if you have one-year post registration experience you will be eligible for this scheme.The British Council advises two years is the accepted period for an individual to remain proficient in English if the language is used regularly. Proficiency in English deteriorates after two years if it is not used on a regular basis.
Registration and practice of at least one year in a country where English is the first and native language and an English language assessment was required for registration.
List of accepted English speaking countries
If you who wish to rely on evidence that you have registered and practised in English, you must be able to satisfy us that:
You have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of your registration in the country.
You have one year post registered practice in an English speaking setting
Your registration is in a country where English is the first and native language. You will need to provide us with the following:
A letter of good standing from your licensing authority and
Details of the English language assessment that you undertook as part of your registration, and
A supporting reference from your employer.
Please note that if we are unable to identify whether you completed an English language assessment as part of your registration then we will require additional confirmation of the registration requirements from the licensing authority where you are registered.
Summary: 3 Overseas trained nurses working in native English speaking countries will be eligible to register with NMC if they have registration and one year practice in the country. But they must prove, they have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of their registration in the country.
For example: Indian or Filipino nurses working as a Registered Nurse in Australia will be eligible to register with NMC if they can prove that they have completed an English language assessment(IELTS Or OET or Any Other ) as a part of their registration in Australia.
Even if you meet the above English language requirements. You would still need to complete computer based test(CBT) & The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) to complete your registration with NMC