Change to IELTS requirements for nurses wishing to work in the UK

On 28 November 2019, the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) announced changes to its English language proficiency requirements for overseas nurses and midwives.

Under the change, nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK will still be required to achieve a minimum overall score of 7.0 in IELTS. However, a 6.5 score in the Writing section of the test will be accepted alongside a 7.0 score in each of the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections of the test.

The change will take effect from 5 December 2018. The NMC has pointed out that it will consider IELTS test results that are under two years old from that date that meet the new requirements. 

If you are considering working in the UK healthcare sector, please get in touch with us here to find out more about the NMC change and how the British Council and IELTS can help you achieve your ambition.