How will it be assessed?
Applicants who have trained in the UK will automatically satisfy they meet the requirements.
All EU nurse and midwife applicants from January 18th 2016 trained outside the UK will be required to demonstrate they have adequate language skills in order to complete the registration with the NMC.
The NMC will only ask for evidence once the initial application has been approved in terms of eligibility to register for the NMC.
Therefore language controls will only be carried out after the recognition of a professional qualification, but before registration.
The NMC will accept the following as demonstration of language competence:
- ILETS with a minimum score of 7.0 and at least 7.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (valid in the last 2 years) or if the certificate is older than 2 years if the registrant can prove their language skills have not deteriorated in that time. Evidence may be completing post graduate study taught and examined in English, or evidence that they have practiced as a nurse or midwife in a country where English is the first and native language.
- Evidence of a pre -registration course taught and examined in English. The course must be composed of at least 50% clinical interaction. At least 75% of the course’s clinical interaction with patients, service users, their families or other health care professionals must have taken place in English.
- Evidence of registration and two years of registered practice with a nursing and midwifery regulator in a country where English is the first and native language where a language assessment was required for registration.