a new test of competence will be launched in 2020 in line with the NMC's future nurse standards; a new assurance panel will be created to oversee the quality and consistency of the new test- this will be made up of a group of experienced nurses, midwives and other health and care professionals. The UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has moved the application process for overseas nurses to an online platform. NMC is introducing a temporary measure to allow candidates to provide additional evidence to demonstrate that they have maintained their English language since the expiry of their English language test or their recent … It lowered the required OET grade to C+ last year and reduced the writing scores it required under the IELTS from a 7 to a 6.5 in 2018. In her latest blog, Andrea shares a personal story highlighting the importance of nurses across the country and celebrates their incredible dedication, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Overseas-qualified nurses wishing to work in the UK will soon be able to take the required English language test in their own home. “We are determined to continue along the path he set for us" Andrea … Philip Graf, who first took up the role of NMC chair in May 2018, had a stroke at the end of September. The new changes come after the NMC made a series of amendments to its own English language regime amid concerns that the previous test was too difficult and was delaying international nurses from joining the … The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that from October 2020 it will accept an Occupation English Test (OET) taken on a computer in a candidate’s own home. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has stepped back from doing away with five current specialist practice qualifications, or SPQs, as they are commonly referred to. 28 Jul 14:00 by Mathew James Ealoor.. GREAT NEWS FOR INTERNATIONAL NURSES: CBT VALIDITY EXTENDED! The NMC has relaxed English writing standards for overseas nurses who want to work in the UK in recent years. The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK. Nurses and … IELTS/OET, CBT AND OSCE NMC LATEST UPDATE . Our role is to protect patients and the public through efficient and effective regulation. The chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council is stepping down due to ill health. New plans to relax the English language test for international nurses and midwives applying to work in the UK have today been given the green light. It had planned to replace the five SPQs, which include district nursing and general practice nursing among others, with a one single generic specialist community qualification. The new digitised process is part of a wider series of improvements which include the removal of an ‘unnecessary’ extra English test for overseas nurses and the change to the OET Writing score. Previously the exam could only be taken in person at test centres. The move, mooted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council last week, will see the level required to pass the writing element of the International English Language Test (IELTS) lowered to 6.5 from 7. Picture: iStock New figures show that nursing and midwifery workforce numbers in the UK are increasing, but concerns have been raised about the long-term impact of COVID-19 on recruitment. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has apologised for the part it played in a wider web of systemic failures surrounding the death of a baby girl two decades ago.