As the General Medical Council (GMC) confirms the dates for the new language requirements for doctors, leading multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical launches its Medical English courses offering through its overarching medical education brand, ID Medical School, at this opportune moment.
Through its affiliation with Medical English 24, ID Medical offers its candidates (doctors, nurses and allied health professionals) exclusively discounted e-learning Medical English courses, supporting them in becoming medical English fluent whilst saving them €209. The recommended course takes up to 12 months to complete the 48 lessons and final exam, enabling medical professionals to learn at their own pace, from the comfort of their own home.
The course ensures medical professionals are fully grounded with medical vocabulary and includes case histories, sample medical documentations in addition to guidelines and procedures to understand foreign healthcare systems.
From 18 June onwards, a new minimum score of 7.5 for the International English Testing System test applies and new rules and regulations will come into effect, allowing the GMC to refuse a licence to practice for those who do not meet the minimum English language requirements. As a result, foreign doctors and nurses need to prove they can meet the standards that patients expect.
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Turning to the nursing profession, a recent study by the National Nursing Research Unit found that nurses feel that being generally competent in English did not mean they had the ‘right’ language skills to work effectively in the health service. The study revealed that some overseas nurses struggled to get their qualifications recognised and require ongoing support in this area.
ID Medical School’s Medical English courses will help its medical candidates study towards the recognised English language examinations of IELTS (International English Language Testing System), sTANDEM (Standardised Language System for Medical Purposes) and PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board).
Deenu Patel, managing director at ID Medical comments, “We see International recruitment becoming more and more prevalent within the NHS as a result of the persistent staffing shortages, and the recognition that foreign doctors and nurses make a valuable contribution to our healthcare system. Yet the concern around poor communication skills continues to rise.
We know that it is our duty to supply doctors and nurses who can communicate effectively in English to ensure the safety of their patients. Through ID Medical School and our Medical English 24 course offering, we provide our International candidates with the additional professional development and support they need whilst helping NHS Trusts to strengthen protection for patients, alleviating English language competency concerns.”
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