Proposed change to IELTS requirement to be considered by NMC’s Council next week
The NMC UK has agreed to consider the proposal and to accept a level of 6.5 in writing and level 7 in other modules with an overall band of 7 in IELTS academic version. However, the council will consider this proposal in its meeting on 28th of November 2018. This change would be effective from the first day of January 2019 and would also serve as a great relief to the overseas nursing community aspiring to work and settle in the UK.
The Nursing Midwifery Council(NMC) UK is on consultation with stakeholders seems in agreement to the fact that a lot of nurses are just missing out to secure Band 7 in IELTS even after possessing remarkable communication level.This proposed change is one of a number of improvements the NMC is making to its overseas processes, as part of its extensive review of international nurses registration.Previously, the NMC had bowed to similar pressure and, since this time last year, allowed the Occupational English Test(OET)to start being used as an alternative to IELTS.