BDI Resourcing’s English language checking procedure is fully compliant with the NHS Employment Check Standards and the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Requirement for Public Sector Workers.
The procedures mean that any doctor working within the NHS has the required level of English language competence to enable them to take on their role effectively, assure the delivery of safe care and successfully communicate with colleagues and patients.
The English language assessment is always completed prior to interview stage.
There are five ways for a doctor to evidence their English language skills:
For the GMC to accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from a doctor, their certificate must show:
For the GMC to accept the Occupational English Test (OET), the doctor must show:
Most of our NHS doctors will hold IELTS and OET to evidence their English language skills. However, in certain circumstances possible exemption is available. Please contact us at [email protected] for further information on this.
If a doctor has previously been working within an NHS hospital of which they have been speaking English on a day-to-day basis, they can use a reference from their employer to evidence their language skills.
If a doctor has been working in: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States of America – they will be exempt from evidencing their English skills due to the native language being English.
When an international doctor registers with us, we verify their English language certificates and then scan them onto our internal system with a date stamp. We then store it as an unalterable file. Our internal system will then notify us of any doctors whose English language certificates are due to expire two months prior to the expiry date. This notification will then allow us to contact the doctor in enough time to ensure the continuity of their relocation process.
If you are an NHS hospital who would like support in securing doctors via an international recruitment campaign, email your CV to [email protected].