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Clarifications on UK NMC Language Change for Foreign Nurses
Date Posted: 22/Nov/2017
A Nurse mailed NMC for clarification on the new English language change and below is the clarification he got which has been trending on whatsapp groups:
Dear candidate
Thank you for taking the time to write to us. I am responding following our recent changes to language evidence for internationally trained nurses and midwives, which came into force on 1 November 2017.
We have had a number of enquiries, in particular about evidence type 2 (for individuals who trained and were examined in English) and type 3 (for individuals who registered and practised in English). Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with some guidance and clarification.
In order to avoid disappointment, please ensure that you understand our language requirements before you submit your application to join our register.
The application process includes two distinct stages:
Eligibility stage
It is an individual candidate’s responsibility to read and understand the minimum requirements needed to be accepted onto our register. This includes our language requirements, which can be found on our website.
By declaring that you have met the minimum requirements you are able to progress to the computer based test (CBT).
At this stage we have not assessed your language competence. Progressing to the CBT does not indicate that the language requirements have been met.
Application stage
After you complete the CBT you will need to submit a complete application. This includes evidence to demonstrate your language competence along with all of the other supporting information relating to your health, character and training.
At this stage we assess your application and the supporting evidence provided, including evidence of your English language competence.
We can only consider the evidence once we have a complete application.
We will consider language evidence on a case-by-case basis against our published requirements. There are no language exemptions.
Evidence type 2: Trained in English
If you wish to rely on this evidence type, your evidence must confirm the following:
The course was taught (including lectures, assignments and reading materials) and examined in Englishthe programme demonstrates reading, writing, speaking and listening ability in a range of environmentsthe 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 and must have taken place in English the programme must have been completed within the two years prior to you starting your application with us.
As part of your application, you will need to provide us with a letter of reference from the training institution you studied at, clearly setting out how the requirements were met.
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 us.
We do not consider other qualifications in order to satisfy evidence type 2. It must be a pre-registration programme that leads to registration as a nurse or midwife.
Evidence type 3: Registered and practised in English
If you wish to rely on this evidence type, your evidence must confirm the following:
you have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of your registration outside of the UK you have practised for at least one year in an English speaking setting after registration your registration is in a country where English is the first and native language.
You will need to download the overseas registration employer reference form 1 or 2, which can be found on the work experience section of the application, and ask your referee to complete it. Please refer to Section 4a and 4b of the form. Your referee must also complete the evidence of English language competence declaration section.
Please note if you were not required to sit a language test by the regulator because you were taught and examined in a country where English is the first and native language, you will still meet this requirement. A list of countries where English is the first and native language can be found on our website.
All of the information on our language requirements can be found on our website.
Yours sincerely,
International Registration Team
Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place. London W1B 1PZ

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