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EU language control consultation by NMC closes

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has closed their consultation on new English language checks for nurses and midwives who trained in the EU, having received 722 responses.

The 12-week consultation was closed on Friday 21 August by the nursing regulator.

In October the Council will consider the consultation response and finalise the policy and guidance, which is due to be considered by government in the autumn.

Once the new language checks are in place, nurses and midwives from the European Economic Area (EEA) who apply to join the register will need to satisfy the NMC that their knowledge of English equips them to practise safely and effectively in the UK.

Currently, applicants outside the EEA are required to achieve an International English Language Training System (IELTS) score of seven out of nine but the NMC are unable to request proof of English language ability for those trained in Europe.

The updated legislation and registration process will come into effect in January 2016.