The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will consider proposed changes to the requirements for overseas nurses taking the International English Language Test System (IELTS) in its council meeting on 28 November.
The NMC has received feedback that despite being able to communicate to a high level in English, many nurses and midwives taking the IELTS test were just missing out on achieving a level 7.
Under the proposal, nurses and midwives will still be required to achieve a minimum overall level 7 in the ILETS test, but a level of 6.5 in writing alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking will be accepted.
The NMC is proposing these changes as part of their extensive review of international registration. If approved, the proposed changes will take effect in the coming weeks.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: "Good communication between nurses, midwives and patients is of paramount importance to the safety and care of patients.
"We are really pleased that the NMC continues to carefully progress reforms to the system of language testing, and believe these recommendations balance the need to protect the public with improved access for much needed nursing talent."