IELTS simplified for foreign nurses and midwives:. Good news for Indian nurses and midwives. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), United Kingdom has announced changes to its English language proficiency requirements for foreign nationals aiming to work in UK as nurses and midwives. Going to the United Kingdom to work as a nurse or midwife can be easier now. Under the change, nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK will still be required to achieve a minimum overall score of 7.0 in IELTS. However, a 6.5 score in the writing section of the test will be accepted alongside a 7.0 score in each of the reading, listening and speaking sections of the test.
International English Language Testing System well know as IELTS is the most widely used test of English proficiency for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. IELTS assesses four main languages skills i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing.
IELTS is recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, organization and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia, UK and as well as many of the leading institutions in USA. The British Council, which administers IELTS across 45 locations in India, considered this as an great opportunity for Indians wanting to work in the nursing profession in the UK.