NMC responds to new EU requirements

18 January 2016

Nursing and midwifery regulator to check English language skills of European trained applicants

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said:

“From now on all nurses and midwives applying to join the register from outside the UK, including the EU, will have to demonstrate they can communicate effectively to a high standard of English.

“The ability to communicate effectively with patients is fundamental to patient safety and a principle that is central to our Code.

“We can now investigate patient safety concerns in relation to a nurse or midwife’s ability to communicate effectively in English. Along with the new EU alerts mechanism, which will make it easier to share any fitness to practise information with other EU Member States, this will greatly improve patient safety.” 



Notes for editors

1.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to protect the public. We do this by ensuring that only those who meet our requirements are allowed to practise as a nurse or midwife in the UK. We take action if concerns are raised about whether a nurse or midwife is fit to practise.

2.   Details of our registration processes can be found on our website.

3.   For media enquiries, please contact Hannah Schraer, NMC media team, media@nmc-uk.org or 020 7681 5936.