UK likes English test

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

AN ENGLISH lan­guage pro­fi­ciency test de­vel­oped in Aus­tralia for health­care pro­fes­sion­als has now been ac­cepted in the UK.

The UK’s Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil (NMC) has for­mally recog­nised OET, the Oc­cu­pa­tional English Test, for over­seas-trained nurses and mid­wives who need to prove their English pro­fi­ciency to reg­is­ter and work in the UK.

The OET has been used in Aus­tralia for the past 30 years and was de­signed by Pro­fes­sor Tim McNa­mara of the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne to en­sure over­seastrained health pro­fes­sion­als have the right level of English skills to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively with pa­tients and col­leagues.

The OET is now ac­cepted by boards and coun­cils across twelve health­care pro­fes­sions in the UK, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Dubai and Sin­ga­pore, and the test can be taken in over 40 coun­tries, as well as be­ing used by Aus­tralian and NZ Im­mi­gra­tion for visa pur­poses.

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