Here is some good news for health workers who want to live and work in the UK. Before this year, to get a visa, health workers had to write another test even if they already wrote the OET. Now, they apply for entry with just one test. The OET allows to apply for a Tier 2 visa without doing a second test. This makes it easier to start working in the UK.
There is a big need for health workers in the UK. Most of the open jobs in the NHS (National Health Service) are full-time work. Most of the need is for nursing and midwife staff. 42% of the jobs that were open in winter 2019 were for these jobs. This means that it is a good time to apply to work for the NHS.
This change will help the UK have the workers that it needs. If hospitals and medical offices don’t have enough workers, there will be a big problem and patients might not get the healthcare they need quickly.
Doctors and Health Workers from Overseas Are an Important Part of the NHS
Chaand Nagpaul from the BMA (British Medical Association) council says that doctors from other parts of the world are “needed now more than ever” in the UK. He also says that these workers have always been very important to the UK. Right now, since there are less doctors and health workers in the UK, the British Medical Association is excited to see more workers move to the UK.