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Language tests for overseas nurses: how are the rules changing?

Find out how and why the nursing regulator is easing its English language requirements for nurses trained overseas and when the changes will be made

Find out how and why the nursing regulator is easing its English language requirements for nurses trained overseas and when the changes will be made

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is relaxing its English language test requirements to join the register.

The changes relate to two areas – the approach to testing and in what circumstances it will give dispensation for not passing the test.

Who is required to take a test?

Everyone joining the NMC register has to demonstrate they have a high enough level of English to be able to communicate properly. Applicants trained in the UK do not have to take a test as the fact they have been trained and taken

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