Press release, 15th November 2017
Specialist Language Courses (SLC) is delighted to announce that we are the first English language training company in the UK and Europe to be accredited by the Occupational English Test (OET) as a Premium Provider of OET test preparation courses – one of only 5 worldwide.
They are chosen by regulatory bodies to ensure doctors, nurses and other professions have sufficient language skills to communicate at a high level with patients and colleagues, and so ensure safe and effective care.
The Occupational English Test (OET) is used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore among others to assess the Medical English skills of a wide range of international healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and AHPs. (more…)
Good to hear an article on yesterday evening’s ‘The World Tonight’ on Radio 4 covering the impact of the IELTS test on international recruitment. The article starts 16 minutes into the show.
We’re delighted to have had an article published in the National Health Magazine focusing on how the IELTS 7.0 requirement is impacting on recruiting nurses from the EU.
Given the triggering of Article 50 and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the status of EU workers, the impact of this challenging language requirement is harder than it would have been otherwise, further squeezing a declining supply of international nurses at a time of significant shortages across the NHS.
SLC is delighted to be starting a new IELTS Preparation course for nurses at Cambridge University Hospitals today. CUH is renowned both in the UK and internationally, not only for its excellent care but also for its outstanding academic research work. We wish everyone the greatest of success!
For more information on our IELTS preparation courses designed specifically for nurses and doctors, using the latest in blended learning methodologies, please contact our team, visit the dedicated webpage or just pick up the phone and call us on 01273 900213.
Chris Moore, SLC’s Managing Director, was invited to chair a round table event this week to discuss the impact of the IELTS Test on international recruitment to the NHS.
Specialist Language Courses (SLC) and our partners, Accent International, are delighted to launch a new online English course, specifically designed for the oil and gas industry, Online English for Safety in Oil and Gas.
Statistics published last week showed a dramatic drop in the numbers of EEA-trained nurses joining the NMC register, as reported in the Nursing Times and national media. In December 2016, only 101 nurses joined, a year on year fall of 35.7% and the lowest monthly figure for the year.
We believe that the decision taken 1 year ago by the NMC to change the English Language requirements for EEA-trained nurses registering in the UK is fundamental to this drop. This decision was that all new registrants now need to score 7.0 in the international IELTS Academic English language test.
Specialist Language Courses is delighted to announce the launch of a suite of online General English courses.
There are 5 levels, from beginner (A1) to advanced (C2). Each level consists of 45 hours of integrated skills work – reading, listening, writing, communication – and 15 hours of grammar support and consolidation. Learners can download the accompanying grammar app, with 100s of screens of activity, and there are free lessons based on current newspaper articles uploaded every week.
Welcome to the first in a series of occasional posts giving essential Medical English tips. This one focuses on a critical area of practice: giving advice sensitively. Get this right, and your rapport with your patient will be a powerful factor in building a successful therapeutic partnership. Get this wrong, and your relationship may never recover. Read on.