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Language competency guidance

The NHS Employers organisation has published new guidance ‘Language competency: good practice guidance for employers.’ 

The document outlines the responsibility for NHS organisations to seek assurances that any individual involved in the delivery of NHS services has the required level of linguistic skills to enable them to undertake their role effectively and to assure the delivery of safe care to patients.

The guidance includes information on the following:

  • Role of the regulatory body
  • International graduates
  • Challenges against decision to recruit
  • Role of the employer
  • Role of the UK Border Agency
  • How can applicants meet an English language requirement
  • English language tests
  • Practical application

Download the guidance ‘Language competency: good practice guidance for employers’