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NMC gives go-ahead to relaxed English test for overseas nurses


A tricky problem and I can see both sides. The test needs to be fit for purpose, which from comments might not be the case at present. On the other hand, while the majority of overseas colleagues I have worked with have an excellent command of English, I have also worked with those where inability to communicate and record accurately posed a real problem in fulfilling their NMC responsibilities. In one post particularly there were several registered nurses who were unable to explain aspects of ongoing care to our regular patients - the result being that they waited until I was on duty to get clear, understandable information! Given that so many complaints in the NHS are at least partially caused by communication breakdown, the ability to communicate accurately, concisely and unambiguously, both verbally and in writing, is essential. This goes for Brits too! The NMC has a duty to ensure that Registered Nurses meet an appropriate standard (see Code of Conduct)

Posted date

1 December, 2018

Posted time

12:42 pm