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NMC lobbies Europe over nurse training standards

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has called on members of the European Parliament to revise standards on nursing and midwifery training.

Nursing and Midwifery Council chair Tony Hazell addressed the European Parliament today on ways to improve patient safety by tightening rules on professional qualifications.

Delivering feedback on behalf of 26 European nursing regulators, he made recommendations to revise EU directive 2005/36/EC. The directive is up for review by MEPs next year.

He called for updated minimum training requirements to reflect evidence-based contemporary practice, compulsory continuous professional development for nurses and midwives, and a requirement that all professionals demonstrate adequate language skills to communicate with their patients and colleagues.

Professor Hazell said: “The NMC processes the applications of approximately 7,000 EU nurses and midwives every year under the provisions of directive and we recognise the positive contribution they make to the provision of care in the UK.

“The directive has been a determining factor in increasing freedom of movement in the EU, however, its revision offers an excellent opportunity to enhance patient safety while respecting the rights of migrating professionals. We urge European policy makers to take our recommendations into consideration during their debates.”

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  • in my opinion, i think anyone who has not been trained in english should sit the ielts. i have seen an increase in foreign nurses whose english is appalling and patients do not undersyand them when they are receiving care. i am emigrating to australia and i have had to sit the ielts and i was born in england, educated in england and did my training in the uk.

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