Overseas education consultant in kottayam, Kerala


Good News for Indian Nurses to the UK......!!!

The RCN ( Royal Colleges of Nursing ) is expected  to recommend NMC ( Nursing Nd Midwifery Council ) to  lower the IELTS score to 6.5 (Academic UKVI)considering the severe nurse crunch crippling the operations of the largest employer in the world-NHS ( National Health Service).The current IELTS requirement for the UK is Individual 7 in each module.

Number of new European nursing staff falls by over 90%
The Times  reports that figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council have revealed that the number of European nurses arriving to work in Britain has decreased by more than 90% since the Brexit vote._ In July a total of 1,304 EU nurses registered, compared to 101 last month. Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "If this is the beginning of a long-term drop in the number of nurses coming to the UK from other parts of the EU, that\\\'s a serious concern at a time when we\\\'re already facing a crisis in nurse staffing numbers." Earlier this month official figures revealed that almost every NHS hospital has too few nurses on the wards, with warnings that patients were going unwashed, unfed and untreated because of a lack of staff.

Paul Myatt, policy advisor for workforce, NHS Providers, said: "This is an early warning sign and needs to be monitored closely. There is already a high nursing vacancy rate in many parts of the country so if this drop-off continues over the next few months it would definitely be concerning. "Members are saying to us that Brexit has created uncertainty for staff who are already here at the same time as trusts are finding that the EEA pool of nurses is increasingly depleted.

Trusts have told Nursing Times they are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit from abroad, because nurses are taking several attempts to pass an English language test that has been criticised for being set too high.

Organisations are only able to employ a small portion of the nurses they originally planned to, because candidates are dropping out due to the problems with passing the test. It is exacerbating ongoing problems recruiting enough nursing staff to fill vacancies, trusts warned Nursing Times.

"We need to have an understanding about where candidates are struggling"

Jill Asbury
Meanwhile, those nurses that are able to achieve the required standard in the test – the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam – are taking between eight months and a year to do so, on average, creating major delays for trusts struggling to fill vacancies.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council brought in the IELTS language checks for overseas staff from European Union countries last year, in order to match the same system already in place for those coming from the rest of the world. Overseas nurses must pass the test before they can join the NMC register.

In the year 2014,83% of Indian candidates who took the test did not score 7 Band  followed by Saudi Arabia (92%),China (86%),South Korea (80%) and as to Kerala which is the hub of Indian Nurses the score percentage was only 64%.

If NMC lowered the score to 6.5 this would be a great blessing to Indian nurses whose favourite destination country is the UK.