Nurses wishing to work in the UK must be able to pass the Occupational English Test (OET) to prove their English is good enough, using an additional test- the nursing regulator has announced. It is hoped the move will boost the number of nurses who come to work in Britain from overseas.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said it will accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as proof of a nurse or midwife's competence in English.
The OET assessment is an English language test designed for the healthcare sector.
Countries including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore currently accept the test as a measure of English proficiency.
Nurses have to complete a range of tests including reading, writing, listening and speaking exams.
Currently, nurses must demonstrate their English skills using the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The test is used for study, migration or work and there are two versions - the academic test which is for people applying for higher education or professional registration and general training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment.
In June, the Observer reported that some native English-speaking nurses, including from Australia, could not pass the IELTS test.
It has been reported that some English-speaking nurses struggle with the written part of the test.
Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
This extract is taken from a sample exam where nurses have to read about a procedure and then complete the gaps to show they have understood it.
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