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Registered and practised in English

To be able to rely on evidence that you have practised in English, you must be able to satisfy us that you have one year of recent practice in a majority English speaking country.

You must have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of your registration as a nurse or midwife outside of the UK, or as a nursing associate outside of England (see below if you are applying to be a nursing associate and your practice was not registered). 

We may require confirmation from each of your employers that the practice you undertook was in English and that you have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively in the UK.

By recent we mean that the end of the period of practice you are relying on must be within the last two years at the point when you apply to register with us.

Applying as a nursing associate if your practise was not registered

If you are applying to the nursing associate part of the register and have recently been practising in a role comparable to that of a nursing associate that is not regulated, to assure us that you have the necessary knowledge of English you must provide evidence that you have one year of recent practice in the UK or in a majority English-speaking country that was:

  • in a role comparable to that of a nursing associate in which you relied on your skills, knowledge and experience gained from the qualification that we considered eligible as part of your registration application; and
  • the qualification that we considered as eligible as part of your registration application must have been taught and examined in English in a majority English speaking country.

Please note if you were not required to sit a language test by the regulator because you were taught and examined in a country where English is the first and native language, we will seek further information regarding the language assessment which your regulator completed.