The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has revealed a recent spike in the number of nurses and midwives joining the UK register from non-EU countries.
The latest figures showed an 86% increase in non-EU nurses and midwives joining the UK register in the last three months.
By the end of June 2018 there were 69,425 nurses and midwives on the register from outside of the EU, in comparison to 67,534 recorded in July 2017.
Director of Registration and Revalidation at the NMC, Emma Broadbent, said: “It’s pleasing to see an increase in nurses and midwives from outside the EU joining the UK workforce over the past few months. Indications are that the changes we’ve made are making a difference – but it’s very early days and we must wait to see if this trend continues.
“The fact remains that the UK workforce is under significant pressure and it’s vital that we continue to enable the right people with the right skills and knowledge to join our register in the quickest and safest way possible.”
In contrast, the number of new nurses joining the UK register from EU countries dropped by 87% from 6,382 in 2016/17 to 805 in 2017/18.
The NMC states that the recent spike in non-EU nurses and midwives joining the register has been due to its recent changes to its processes and the evidence that is accepted to demonstrate English language capabilities.
It has also been announced that the NMC will be conducting a wider review of its registration process, with plans to allow nurses and midwives from outside of the EU to join the register immediately after qualifying instead of waiting 12 months.
Source: Nursing Times
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