On January 19th 2016, the NMC changed its English language requirements for nurses trained in the EEA. All new registrants now need to score 7.0 in the international IELTS Academic English language test.
This was a controversial choice in the eyes of many at the time, and the ensuing year has already witnessed the considerable impact of this decision on overseas recruitment at a time of significant nursing shortages.
We spoke directly to different NHS Trusts and Health Boards from around the UK to get their insight on the effect the rule change is having on overseas recruitment, what they are doing to deal with any challenges it presents, and how this maps against the wider context of nursing in the UK.
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