HCL Managing Director, Claire Billenness, spoke to BBC 3 Counties on 12 July 2017 about the IELTS English language testing for overseas nurses.
Detrimental numbers of nurses are being stopped from joining the NHS, in a time of chronic staff shortage, due to the unreasonably high IELTS pass rate set by the NMC. Put into perspective, the average score for a native English speaker is 6.9 and overseas nurses are being asked to score 7.0 or above. Skip to 1:12:50 to listen to the debate here.
Have a look at our IELTS report follow-up and new data reinforcing why language testing of foreign nurses isn’t working.