Medical Staff

IMS is one of Europe’s pre-eminent medical recruitment companies

IMS’s clients include many of the top healthcare organisations in the UK (NHS and private), Ireland, plus those in numerous other European countries, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

IMS recruits numerous doctors, dentists, pharmacist, nurses and AHPs from across Europe.
Healthcare and pharmaceutical research companies utilise IMS for its extensive experience and expertise in successfully recruiting across Europe.

Clients and candidates benefit from our highly experienced multi-lingual staff based throughout Europe.

Whether you are a candidate now looking for a new position or are a client looking for assistance with recruitment, contact IMS to find out how we can assist you.



IMS Recruitment welcomes the decision by the GMC to now accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as proof of a doctor’s English language competency to be able to get registered to work as a doctor. The General Medical Council has just announced it is to routinely accept an additional test as proof of English language skills from overseas doctors who want to work in the UK.
The GMC medical regulator will start accepting the Occupational English Test (OET) from now, while maintaining a requirement for a high standard of English.

As an alternative to the International English Language Test System (IELTS) that up until now was the only test accepted by the GMC, the OET is designed for healthcare professionals and includes real scenarios similar to those they would be likely to encounter in typical workplace situations. The test is already recognised by the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, and authorities in Australia and New Zealand.

Charlie Massey, CEO of the GMC, said: ‘Doctors from overseas make a huge contribution to frontline healthcare in this country, and it is more important than ever to make sure that the path for highly-skilled doctors to work in the UK is as straightforward as possible. ‘But it is also vital that those doctors coming to work here have a good standard of English. We have reviewed the OET thoroughly and are confident that, as well as giving more flexibility for doctors keen to work in the UK, it will continue to ensure that only those with a high level of English will reach the required standard. ‘We are giving overseas doctors an alternative way of demonstrating their English skills, but without reducing the high standards we require and that patients would expect.’
The OET test can be taken in more than 100 locations in 40 countries.

Overseas doctors wanting more information on issues regarding OET, GMC registration and working in the UK, please contact Lyn Wood:

Lyn Wood

Tel: (0044) 7595 201264
Skype address: lyn.woodIMS


IMS Recruitment is a leading agency recruiting nurses for positions in the UK, Ireland and Middle East.

IMS welcomes The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) amending the English language requirements for overseas nurses. 

A pass at OET, Occupational English Test)  as well as IELTS, is now accepted by the NMC.

OET is a far more relevant test for nurses and the level should be achievable for many overseas nurses with good English language skills.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has made an alternative option available for nurses and midwives, trained outside the UK, to demonstrate their English language capability.

There is now an alternative to IELTS ; a test that many regarded as standard set far too high and as being an inappropriate for nurses to demonstrate their English language ability as being sufficient to work as a nurse in the UK.  As a consequence of IELTS being introduced in 2015, the number of overseas registering with the NMC plummeted due to a catastrophic drop of nurses both taking and passing the test at the level required (7.0) in order to get registered with the NMC.

From 1 Nov 2017, The NMC will accept the Occupational English Test (OET) in addition to the International English Language Test System (IELTS), as proof of a nurse or midwife’s English language competence. While this provides an alternative way for nurses and midwives to demonstrate their English language capability, applicants will still be required to meet our existing English language standards.  The OET has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions (including nursing) and is a language test based on typical workplace scenarios in nursing not a general language test as is the case with IELTS.

The Occupational English Test (OET) is available monthly in over 40 centres across the globe.



If you have taken (or plan to take) OET or have NMC (or applied) contact IMS to find out more about the many nursing jobs we have in the UK.

For more information on jobs in the UK for nurses and any questions you have regarding OET or NMC registration, please contact Aiste:

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