NMC launched a new consultation, giving people the chance to have their say on proposed changes to our English language requirements.

 The NMC said it is consulting on two areas. First, our approach to testing. Secondly, whether we should consider accepting other evidence of English language competence. This might include employer references, evidence of unregulated practice in UK health and care settings, or postgraduate qualifications that people have studied in English.

Matthew McClelland, Executive Director of Strategy and Insight at the NMC, said:

“Safe, effective and kind care relies on nursing and midwifery professionals being able to communicate clearly and safely with each other, and with people using services. That’s why it’s so important that everyone joining our register has strong English language skills.

“We also want to make sure there are no unnecessary barriers to people joining our register, no matter where they trained or how they became competent in English.

“We’re grateful to everyone who’s shared their initial views with us about the fairness and reliability of our current approach, and what they’d like to see change and why. Now it’s open to everyone to have their say through our consultation. We’ll use the feedback to shape recommendations to our Council in September.”