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The growing need to mobilise a global healthcare workforce in light of the worldwide pandemic in a manner that is sympathetic to the needs of both source and destination countries is the theme of this year’s OET Forum. OET, the world’s only international English language test specifically for healthcare professionals, has brought together an impressive line-up of international speakers from the healthcare sector for its annual Forum on 23 September.
The OET Forum is the fifth in a series of events that have been held in London, Kochi and Melbourne. This year’s event will be hosted online and will look at ‘Mobilising a global healthcare workforce’ as its conference theme.
Professor Ged Byrne, Director of Global Engagement, Health Education England, will deliver the keynote presentation on the topic of “the NHS in international markets”. The agenda will also feature a presentation by Professor Jane Fisher AO, Finkel Professor of Global Health at Monash University, Australia on the role of gender in healthcare communication in multi-cultural settings. A panel discussion led by Dr Brigita Seguis of Cambridge English, will examine English communication skills along the continuum of medical education and into practice. The panel will feature Professor Des Gorman, Paul Rockey, MD, MPH and Arlene Bautista of Frimley NHS Foundation Trust who will examine the role of the OSCE through this lens.
Sujata Stead, CEO of OET, said:
‘Healthcare workers and providers are facing incredible challenges during the pandemic and I look forward to discussing how we can support an agile and globally mobile healthcare workforce which is cognizant of the needs of both destination and source countries. We’re proud of OET’s contribution to workforce mobility through English language testing and training, allowing healthcare professionals to deliver safe and effective care in English-speaking environments around the world’.
Healthcare employers, practice educators, test delivery partners, medical English and healthcare communication experts can register for the Forum, which is free to attend.
OET is the world’s only international English language test specifically for healthcare professionals. The test assesses the communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.
OET results are accepted by healthcare regulators world-wide, including in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of English language proficiency. The test is also recognised in Australia and New Zealand for visa and immigration purposes, while doctors and nurses in the UK are not required to take a separate English language test when applying for a Tier 2 (General) visa if they have provided OET results as proof of English proficiency to their healthcare regulator.
To learn more about OET visit: www.occupationalenglishtest.org