NMC considers 6.5 IELTS score

On November 21, 2018, The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published their most awaited press release, the possibility of lowering the International English Language Test System’s (IELTS) score cutoff.

United Kingdom’s NHS Trust needs thousand of nurses as of today and the IELTS score requirement keeps them from getting nurses outside the country. For this to be solved, NMC is now considering to have a new score requirement as soon as possible.

NMC said on their press release:

Our Council will consider proposed changes to the requirements for nurses and midwives from outside the UK taking the International English Language Test System (IELTS). This is part of our extensive review of international registration.

Under the proposal, nurses and midwives will be required to continue to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the IELTS test, but in future a level 6.5 in writing would be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.

We at GHR Healthcare Recruitment Inc. published an article last October about the grievance of our Filipino nurses to NMC to have a lower IELTS score requirement after abolishing the working experience requirement. Truly, we are glad that we are part of this battle for greater career and opportunity.

If this decision of NMC will be approved, it is expected to take effect in the coming weeks. You may read more here.

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