Ad1) There is an NMC requirement for all foreign nurses to achieve overall band 7 in IELTS, because IT DOES guarantee, that the nurse will be able to speak, write, listen and understand English language on the level required to practice safely in the UK. This requirement has already been lowered - you can present the two certificates to show, that you are able to achieve four "7"s Any further tweaking the requirements is dangerous. IELTS grading is exponential - e.g. I would have to be severely drunk to achieve an overall 5, as really - overall '5' is easy peasy.
Ad2) The IELTS exam is very appropriate and accurate measurement of your language proficiency. Especially for foreigners. (Bear in mind, only 1% of the native speakers score overall 9 in all four modules)
Ad3) I sat four IELTS exams over the last 10 years. Last score: 8.0, previous 7.5 with no component below 7; and the two first attempts years ago: 7.5 with one component below 7.0
Ad4) I am confident, that my Uni cohort would achieve 7.0 with ease. That includes foreigners (as we had to pass IELTS to secure our place at the Uni!)
Ad5) and so is IELTS: L, R, W, S - all four modules are present.
Ad6) All candidates to the NMC register, whose first native language was not English. Candidates from Australia, Canada and the USA would pass IELTS with ease, the only discomfort to them is the exam fee.
This is dangerous. You might be a very skilled nurse from abroad, but if you cannot communicate at IELTS level 7, then you should never be registered. Yes, IELTS exam is difficult, but if you prepare yourself - you will achieve 7 (especially, now you can present it on two separate certificates)
Typical 20-bed rehab unit: patients are always given a choice whether to use the beaker or a cup. Majority always chooses beakers. I think the entire campaign is just a completely unnecessary issue - just take the bloody lid off and you will have a normal or a mandrel cup!
I am really happy with that arrangement.
It is so shocking and depressing news.. OK
We have a joke in Central Europe, let me share it with you:
Rogue German unit has caught the three partisans: Russian, Pole and Belarusian. Germans decided to hang the trio immediately:
Russian shouted "Nu Gospodin.." and died instantly,
Pole shouted "Freedom" and kept fighting for a while
Belarusian...while already hanging started to complain to himself that the rope is a bit tight and uncomfortable, but ...he can adjust and survive...
Sadly, nurses are so divided, that nothing, absolutely nothing will ever change. What you can do is to adjust, survive and enjoy knowing that some of you got the decent pay rise. Because your opinion on that issue doesn't matter at all.
The end of the Con party. Whatever they touch, they only create more and more anger.
They had an opportunity to gain 3mln votes by simply embracing EU workers, but instead, they spat in our faces.
They had an opportunity to show human face towards NHS workers, they ....... on us.
Carry on maybots and clowns ...
Mr Hunt has started the war with RGNs and he has won two big battles so far. Now its a time for enhancements. I bet in mid 2016 there will be no more enhancements for weekends and nights (or those will be reduced to 10%).
As a politician he is extremely efficient: bursaries are disappearing, agency RGNs are working for a 12 quid/h with no holiday pay
RCN and trade unions are fast asleep.
There was never any shortage of nurses in The UK. There are issues with the pay and working conditions, but allof the shifts I have worked as an HCA were ALWAYS covered.
Money really does miracles, some of the RGNs were driving nearly 200 miles just to work on my ward. They were generously paid and worked well.
So.. as of the 23rd November, to celebrate that 'great victory', every permanent RGN should receive a few £ per hour increase. There was many other safer options than the cap: permanent staff could get time and half for working extra, ward managers could get powers to employ 110% needed staff (to cover holidays).
I am not affected by the above, but I know, that I am the next one to have salary 'market adjusted'. Enhancements are the next to be capped.
How about the safe staffing ratio?
This is a part of the very mischievous plan to privatise the NHS. There will be not enough staff (or poorly motivated), more wards will be closed. Clever.
That's worth a Nobel prize!