Brexit and EU nurses
In the wake of the vote to leave the EU, the NMC has issued a statement in regard to EU nurses currently working in the UK:
Jackie Smith, Chief Executive said:
"We will be working closely with the Government and other partners to understand the implications of the UK’s negotiated withdrawal from the European Union on our work.
"However, there will be no immediate impact on either the registration status of EU nurses already on our register, or on the NMC in terms of our role as the UK-wide regulator for nursing and midwifery."
International Language Testing System
The NMC has taken the decision to amend English language test requirements for applicants trained outside the UK. While having to achieve the IELTS Academic Test Level 7 in reading, writing, speaking and listening, rather than this having to be done in a single sitting., it now can be achieved over two sittings of the tests.
Both tests must be completed within six months of each other, and as before, no single score must be below 6.5 in any of the areas across both tests.
The NMC states that this change will '...increase flexibility for applicants and ensure the appropriate standard of English language is still achieved'.
Registrants will now be able to pay their annual registration fee (£120) quarterly (£30 per quarter).
More information here: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/staying-on-the-register/paying-your-fee/