Healthcare professionals, like doctors, nurses and midwives, from India seeking to work in the UK no longer have to appear for English tests like TOEFL and IELTS. The country will now accept scores of Occupational English Test(OET). The OET is a mandatory test that needs to be cleared by the doctors, nurses and midwives to register with the mandatory healthcare regulator.
Previously, candidates had to take both OET and TOEL/IELTS to apply for a visa.
The Occupational English Test was created to ensure that the candidates meet the English language needs of the UK healthcare sector. The test is owned by the Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA), which is a joint venture between Cambridge English and Boxhill Institute.
The test is accepted as a proof of proficiency in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, Namibia and Singapore. It is available for these 12 healthcare professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, and veterinary science. All the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - are assessed during this test.
The change will apply to all tier-2 visa applicants from October 1st, 2019.