The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), United Kingdom has made changes to its English language proficiency requirements for foreign nationals aiming to work in the nurses and midwives wishing in the country.
Following the change they will still be required to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the test. However, a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.
The decision comes after widespread engagement with key stakeholders, who told the NMC that, despite being able to communicate to a high level in English, many nurses and midwives taking the IELTS test were just missing out on achieving a level 7.
IELTS results under two years old that meet the new requirements will be considered by the regulator.
The change is just one part of an extensive review the regulator is undertaking of its international registration processes wherein there is a general shortage of professionals in the Healthcare space.