31,000 responses to English language consultation so far

Published on 28 July 2022

Just over halfway through the consultation on our English language requirements, we’ve received more than 31,000 responses – a record number for any NMC consultation in recent years.

We’re currently consulting on our approach to testing and whether we should consider accepting other evidence of English language competence. For example, this includes whether we should consider employer references, evidence of unregulated practice in UK health and care settings, or postgraduate qualifications studied in English. See our previous news story for more about this.

There’s still time to take part

We want to make sure our English language requirements are fair and reliable for everyone. With just under three weeks to go until the consultation closes, we’re still eager to hear from more people. Filling out our online survey only takes about 15 to 20 minutes and remains open until 12 August 2022.

Matthew McClelland, Executive Director of Strategy and Insight at the NMC, said:

“It’s brilliant that we’ve had such an incredible response to our consultation so far. Over 31,000 responses is already a record for any NMC consultation that we’ve launched within the past decade and shows just how much it means to people that we get our English language requirements right.

“There’s still time respond to the consultation if you haven’t done so yet. We want to hear from everyone, whether they’re people who use health and care services, employers, internationally educated professionals, or people on our register. We’ll use this feedback to refine our proposals, which we’ll take back to our Council in September.”


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