Buckinghamshire NHS Trust
We're finding pioneering solutions so that non-UK trained nurses can sit their English language proficiency exams and be registered with the NMC.
With our help, a group of overseas nurses recruited to Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust were finally able to sit their Occupational English Test (OET), after a number of cancellations due to COVID-19.
Jeanette Tebutt, Trust’s Deputy Chief Nurse Workforce Transformation
Due to lockdown restrictions in response to COVID-19, a number of English language proficiency exams have been postponed or cancelled. This has prevented a number of overseas nurses from gaining the qualifications they need to be able to register with the Nursing Midwifery Council.
For Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, in particular, this meant 32 recruited nurses were unable to join the workforce at a time of immense pressure for the nation's healthcare service. They were looking for a way to test overseas nurses in-house. British Study Centres provided them with a solution.
"We are very proud to be the first test centre to take OET directly into a hospital. We are aware that there can be additional costs and administration for hospitals when arranging English language tests for their international recruits, especially if there is no local test centre. We are delighted to now have a solution that can work for them."Nadia Falou, Group Examinations Manager, British Study Centres
In collaboration with OET and the Trust's International Recruitment team, British Study Centres organised for recently recruited overseas nurses to take the test at Wycombe Hospital’s education centre on two dates in June in line with social distancing measures.
British Study Centres provided assessment for the test, with a view to continuing this partnership and offering further on-site English exams for its overseas nurses once lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
Now those nurses will no longer face delays to NMC registration and will be able to join the rest of the workforce at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust.
Maria Catarina Fernandes, Nurse
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