Language requirements for foreign nurses to be relaxed amid staffing crisisIvy Madziva2019-10-15T10:03:50+00:00
Language requirements for foreign nurses to be relaxed amid staffing crisis.
Language requirements for foreign nurses to be relaxed amid staffing crisis. Changes intended to ease the ‘significant pressure’ on workforce after figures revealed 42,000 nursing vacancies in England alone.
Nurses and midwives are not permitted to practise in the UK without being on the NMC register.
Under the new proposal, nurses and midwives will be required to continue to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the IELTS test, but in future a level 6.5 in writing would be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.
Potential registrants taking the IELTS test previously had to show they had achieved a level 7 in all four categories.
The latest figures from NHS Improvement suggest that in England alone there are almost 42,000 nursing vacancies in the NHS.
Emma Broadbent, director of registration and revalidation at the NMC, said: “Nurses and midwives from outside the UK are a vital part of our workforce, without them the health and care system as we know it simply wouldn’t exist.
“We also recognise the current workforce is under significant pressure and the number of vacancies are well documented. The change proposed would increase flexibility for highly skilled professionals coming to the UK without compromising safety.”
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “Good communication between nurses, midwives and patients is of paramount importance to the safety and care of patients.
“We are really pleased that the NMC continues to carefully progress reforms to the system of language testing, and believe these recommendations balance the need to protect the public with improved access for much-needed nursing talent.”
Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, chief nurse at Health Education England, said: “HEE welcomes this announcement and will continue to support the NMC in ensuring the highest possible standards are achieved by the NHS workforce.”
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