A fundamental part of GMC registration is proving that you have the ability to clearly and efficiently communicate with both patients and other medical professionals in English – this is paramount to ensuring patient safety. English language use is split into four sections: speaking, reading, writing and listening.
The GMC recognises that there are various ways a Doctor can demonstrate their English language proficiency and for this reason, they accept various forms of evidence – including the Structured English Language Reference (SELR) form. In this article we will outline all of the
The first way to evidence your English language abilities is via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To pass IELTS you must achieve a score no less than 7 in each form of communication (speaking, reading, writing and listening) and have an overall score of 7.5 or more. You should note that the GMC will only accept an IELTS score that has been attained within the last two years. However, if you passed IELTS more than two years
Similar to IELTS, the Occupational English Test (OET) is an objective professional English test. The main difference is that it tests your English language purely in a medical context.
Another way to evidence your language skills is to provide the GMC with a recent Primary Medical Qualification which has been taught or examined in English. The GMC
Further details on what is considered an authorised Primary Medical Qualification can be found here.
You can also provide evidence of a recent pass in a language test administered by a medical authority in a country where English is the first language – for example, Australia (MBA) and USA (USMLE).
The final way to evidence your English language capability is to provide the GMC with a written offer of employment from a UK hospital which is accompanied by a completed SELR form. The hospital who has offered you a position (which must be a GMC designated body) will have to interview you clinically and send you a provisional offer letter, before completing, signing and sending an SELR form back to the GMC. This must include your GMC reference number and have a signature of the interviewing doctors and Responsible Offer (RO) for the Trust – often the Medical Director. The SELR form should provide comprehensive evidence of all aspects of your language skills and why the Trust
Please note: there is a very specific procedure to follow which BDI Resourcing has perfected and documented through years of use, so if you are hoping to utilise this as a way of evidencing your English language then please get in touch for further advice. It is not possible for everyone to use an SELR form and it is assessed on a case by case basis. The SELR form can be found here.