UK sees a significant decline in EU nurses post Brexit

UK sees a significant decline in EU nurses post Brexit

  • By Lidia

Recent figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) indicate a 96% drop in nurses from European Union registering to practice in UK. This follows the EU referendum in June last year. The Guardian reports that last July 1,304 EU nurses came to work in the UK and this fell to just 46 last April. Such a decrease could be attributed to the uncertainty about EU nurses’ eligibility to remain in the UK. The NMC’s English language controls and requirements for an overall score of 7.0 in Academic IELTS, also add to this decline.

Brexit negotiations are now underway, and the news that priority is being given to the rights of EU citizens within the UK, is applauded.  The NHS is facing a severe nursing shortage and rising demand from an ageing population. Although one cannot predict the impact of Brexit on overseas workers, addressing the problem is high on the agenda. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, stated: “EU nationals make a hugely important contribution to the delivery of health and care services and we continue to urge the government to guarantee the rights of EU nationals as soon as possible.”

On the subject of English language controls, the challenge is that nurses must achieve an overall score of 7.0 in the academic version of IELTS. This includes a 7.0 score in IELTS Listening; Reading; Speaking and Writing. As discussed in one of our previous posts, to become a registered nurse it is firstly necessary to pass the Academic IELTS examinations and this requires guided weekly – if not – daily practice.

IELTS Medical offers tailored, dedicated training to nurses in preparation for the IELTS exam. Ensuring our healthcare professionals achieve the 7.0 and beyond, is what we do.

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