Changes to our English language requirements

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This session will cover the changes made to our English language requirements in February 2023, including additional supporting information from employers (SIFE) and changes to test score combining. We will also discuss the next steps for applicants.

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Changes to our English language requirements

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  1. March 2023 Changes to our English language requirements

  2. What we will cover in this session 1. Context and our current requirements 2. Overview of changes made in February 2023: Additional supporting information from employers (SIFE) using a manual process Changes to test score combining with examples 3. Next steps 2 NMC English Language Changes

  3. Our English language requirements Applicants must show that they have four language skills: Reading Writing Speaking Listening All applicants to our register must demonstrate they have a level of English that will allow them to communicate appropriately in practice 3 NMC English language changes

  4. Types of primary evidence we accept Evidence must be: Recent Objective and independent Easily checked Evidence type 3 Evidence type 2 Evidence type 1 Recent nursing or midwifery practice for at least one year in a majority English speaking country A pre-registration nursing, midwife or nursing associate qualification taught and examined in English Recently achieved required score in an English language test we accept 4 NMC English language changes

  5. Overview of the changes

  6. Summary of changes we have made Extending the period for test score combining from six to twelve months Standardising the minimum test scores we accept when combining scores across two sittings Accepting additional supporting information from employers (SIFE) for applicants who trained in English in a country where English is not a majority spoken language. Applicants have demonstrated their reading and writing competence through their qualification, so employers need to provide information about their speaking and listening skills only. New web resources, including test score combining calculator 6 NMC English language changes

  7. Timeline of changes Changes to test score combining time period and updated minimum scores when test combining Accepting additional supporting information from employers for applicants who trained in English in a country where English is not a majority spoken language 8 February 2023 Accepting additional supporting information from employers for applicants who miss the required test score by no more than 0.5 or half a grade Automate process for accepting additional supporting information from employers Summer 2023 7 NMC English language changes

  8. Supporting information from employers (SIFE)

  9. What is SIFE? SIFE is additional supporting information provided by an applicant s employer. To use SIFE: You have evidence that you were trained and assessed in English in a country where English is not a majority spoken language. You must have worked for least 12 months full-time (or part-time equivalent) when you apply in a non-registered role in a health and care setting in the UK (known as the language demonstration period (LDP)). Your line manager must use an NMC form to provide information that shows how you have demonstrated your English language competence. They must have been in regular contact with you for at least six months during your employment, and they must hold current registration with the NMC. If you ve had more than one line manager during the LDP, you can provide us with details of up to two line managers to cover the 12-month period. An NMC registrant in a leadership position at the same employer must counter-sign your evidence to help make sure that your assessment was objective. 9 NMC English language changes

  10. Completing SIFE form manually (until summer 2023) If an applicant is eligible, NMC will ask for their line manager s name and PIN so we can contact them via NMC Online. The line manager returns the completed form to a specific NMC mailbox. Applicant applies as normal. NMC will request further information from the applicant via NMC Online. NMC will send the SIFE form to the line manager to complete. It will also ask for details of the counter signatory. NMC will only accept forms for named applicants. It can take up to 30 days for NMC to complete an assessment. 10

  11. Completing a SIFE form The line manager will be asked for: Name and PIN Employer Dates of line management NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) Band or non-NHS equivalent. If they can t provide an NHS equivalent band, they can include a short summary of their duties and responsibilities. They should be an NHS Band 6 (or non-NHS equivalent) or above. Confirmation through yes or no answers that they have seen examples we provide of listening and speaking skills in practice. 11 NMC English language changes

  12. Completing a SIFE form The counter signatory will be asked for: Name and PIN Employer NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) Band or non-NHS equivalent. If they are unable to provide an NHS equivalent band, they can include a short summary of their duties and responsibilities. They should be an NHS Band 8a (or non-NHS equivalent) or above. Relationship to line manager They must declare: They have reviewed the information that the line manager has provided and are satisfied that it is accurate, objective and fair. They are satisfied the line manager has exercised professional judgement. 12 NMC English language changes

  13. Next steps for the SIFE form From Summer 2023: Our online application system will be fully automated to accept applications using additional supporting information from employers. Line managers and counter-signatories will provide their information via NMC Online We will also start accepting SIFE for applicants who miss the required test score by no more than 0.5 or half a grade 13 NMC English language changes

  14. Test combining changes

  15. Test combining changes Applicants can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if: The tests are taken within 12 months of each other The minimum test score is no more than 0.5 (IELTS) or half a grade (OET) below the required score for only one of the domains across the two sittings They re tested in all four domains at the same time Both tests are from the same test provider (IELTS or OET) The tests are no more than two years old Our new Test Combining Calculator allows applicants to check scores before they begin their application. 15 NMC English language changes

  16. Combining test scores explained OET B / 350 B / 350 B / 350 C+ / 300 IELTS (A) Reading Listening Speaking 7 7 7 This table shows the required scores. It is important to note that we have not reduced the required scores. Writing 6.5 (B) OET C+ / 300 C+ / 300 C+ / 300 C / 250 IELTS To combine two tests, applicants must still achieve the required scores shown in Table A, in either of the two tests being combined. Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 6.5 The rest of the scores in either test must not be lower than those shown in Table B. Writing 6 16

  17. Next Steps

  18. Next steps Finalising implementing current changes in summer 2023 Monitoring and evaluation of changes Phase 2 of our review with next report to Council in March 2024: Considering other responses to the consultation, including test scores Further consideration of post-graduate qualifications Considering whether we can expand the range of professionals who can provide SIFE 18 NMC English language changes

  19. Useful links English language requirements - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (nmc.org.uk) Guidance on registration language requirements (nmc.org.uk) Test Combining Calculator This allows applicant to input test scores and understand what the results means for them in terms of test combining 19 NMC English language changes

  20. Thank you!

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