The NMC has started a 12-week consultation on English language requirements and the registration process.
This is because new legislation is coming into effect that will put in place language controls for applicants from the European Economic Area (EEA). This is expected to be implemented in late 2015.
The NMC is looking at ways nurses and midwives can demonstrate their English proficiency. This is so that they can practise safely and effectively. This will also allow their colleagues, patients and employers to be confident about their communication skills.
The new NMC code in one of its requirements states communicating in English is necessary.