NMC introduces temporary measures for candidates to demonstrate English language competency

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced temporary arrangements for candidates to demonstrate their English language competency.

The new measures support candidates whose evidence may expire before they are able to complete their Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), and allow candidates to provide additional evidence to demonstrate that they have maintained their English language.

The temporary measures apply in circumstances where candidates:

  • had valid English language evidence on 23 March 2020, either accepted English language test scores or evidence of one year's practice in an English language majority country that is no more than two years old.
  • have English language evidence which expires between 24 March and 20 January 2021 (inclusive).
  • have been living in the UK or another English speaking country since their evidence expired.
  • can demonstrate that since English language evidence expired they have been working in a healthcare setting in the UK, or in registered practice in another majority English speaking country.

If all of the above apply, candidates should contact overseas.enquiries@nmc-uk.org and an employer reference form will be shared with them. Employers will then need to complete this.

The NMC has also highlighted that it is working towards accepting online tests, and that it is extending the validity period of computer-based test (CBT) results expiring between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 by six months.

Full details of the new information and advice for overseas candidates is available on the NMC website.

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