Loophole closed that would have let registrants sidestep revalidation.

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NURSING STANDARD Foreign nurses who wish to practise in the UK will be required to demonstrate they have the necessary grasp of the English language – regardless of where in the world they come from. Previously, the Nursing and Midwifery Council only tested the English language skills of applicants from outside the European Economic Area. Following a council meeting last week, members approved recommendations to require everyone from outside the UK to undergo tests. The requirements will apply from January 18. UK nursing register applicants will be asked to submit proof of competence in four areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Should applicants fail to satisfy the registrar, they will have to sit an international English language testing system examination. To prepare for the changes, the NMC conducted a consultation this summer in which 723 responses were received. A total of 666 were from nurses on the register, the majority of whom were in favour of the new regulations. The rules will also apply to cases where nurses are seeking to be re-registered and at fi tness to practise hearings where concerns have been raised about the nurse’s language skills. Asked what impact the test could have on nurse numbers, chief executive Jackie Smith told Nursing Standard the NMC is not apologetic for introducing tougher measures because language testing is a public protection issue. She added: ‘It is important we provide information to the council on the number of applicants who fail the English language controls so we can understand the impact on the fl ow of numbers to the register.’ Patient Concern co-director Roger Goss told Nursing Standard: ‘If nurses cannot communicate properly with patients then we have a serious and potentially dangerous situation.’ LOOPHOLE CLOSED THAT WOULD HAVE LET REGISTRANTS SIDESTEP REVALIDATION

DOI: 10.7748/ns.30.7.8.s4

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@article{2015LoopholeCT, title={Loophole closed that would have let registrants sidestep revalidation.}, author={}, journal={Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)}, year={2015}, volume={30 7}, pages={8} }