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Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.

The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council is set to reduce the pass mark for Occupational English Test for Nurses dreaming to come to UK from next week 27th of November, 2019. This is contained in a press statement released earlier today by the regulatory board. The writing component is expected to be reduced to C+ from next week. Below is the press statement released by the regulatory board:

Statement on proposed changes to readmission and English language requirements

Released today (Wednesday 20 November) for approval by the NMC governing council on Wednesday 27 November, are a number of proposed changes to our readmission process and English language requirements.

These proposed evidence-based changes will help to streamline the process both for those wanting to return to practice and for those seeking to join our register for the first time.

Changes to English language requirements

One of the changes we’re asking Council to approve is to our English language requirements. We’re proposing to remove the five year limit on using nursing and midwifery qualifications taught in English, as evidence of a person’s English language skills.

We’re also requesting that Council amend the required score for the written section of the Occupational English Test (OET) so that it aligns with the change we made at the end of 2018 to the score of the written section of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).2

Changes to readmission

We’re also recommending changes that will make it more straightforward for those who have left our register to re-join. If approved, these changes will mean people who have completed their training in the past five years, but who lapsed their registration, will be able to use their qualification as evidence of clinical competence for both admission and readmission to the register.

Emma Broadbent, Director for Registration and Revalidation for the NMC, said:

“These common sense changes are in line with the NMC’s commitment to better, safer care and will continue to ensure that only those nurses, midwives and nursing associates with the right skills, knowledge and command of English are able to join and re-join our register.”

These changes will go to the NMC Council for approval on 27 November 2019.

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