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Dubai first to accept OET in the UAE

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Dubai has become the first state in the UAE to accept OET as proof of English proficiency for healthcare professionals.

In February, OET signed inaugural agreements with Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) and the Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), giving healthcare professionals the opportunity to improve their career prospects in the UAE.

DHCC, the world’s largest healthcare zone, is regulated by the independent regulatory arm, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR), whose quality standards are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

DHCA is the first health authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to recognise OET as proof of English proficiency for healthcare professionals who have had their medical and health sciences education in languages other than English.

Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, DHCR, said, “With an increasing number of patients from across nationalities receiving treatment within Dubai Healthcare City, the regulatory body has stressed the importance for healthcare professionals to be proficient in English to communicate effectively and ensure a high standard of care and safety.”

KHDA supports schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing. Healthcare professionals who pass OET will also be able to receive a statement of recognition showing compatibility with the UAE National Qualifications Framework (QFEmirates).

“OET CEO, Sujata Stead said: “We are delighted to sign these agreements because safety and quality of care lie at the heart of OET. Both KHDA and DHCA have demonstrated their commitment to both patient safety and high quality care by ensuring healthcare professionals are able to communicate effectively in English.

“We believe that strengthening the bonds between OET and the UAE will contribute to the high standards of healthcare in the region,” she concluded.


Pictured left: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr Almahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA.
Pictured right: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr AlBlooshi, DHCA CEO (left) and Dr Al Hammadi, Director of Professional Licensing (right).

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OET now recognised by Dubai Healthcare City

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OET is now recognised by Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone.

DHCA is the first health authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to recognise OET as proof of English proficiency for healthcare professionals who have had their medical and health sciences education in languages other than English.

DHCC, the world’s largest healthcare zone, is regulated by the independent regulatory arm, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR), whose quality standards are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

As of February 2017, DHCC had close to 3,500 licensed professionals representing more than 90 countries, practicing across 120 specialties in the free zone’s hospitals, outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories.

Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, DHCR, said, “With an increasing number of patients from across nationalities receiving treatment within Dubai Healthcare City, the regulatory body has stressed the importance for healthcare professionals to be proficient in English to communicate effectively and ensure a high standard of care and safety.”

“We are continuously working to develop policies which will enhance our patient-doctor relationships and ensure quality healthcare services. In this context, OET is an important tool as the language test is tailored for healthcare professionals. All healthcare graduates who have not been educated in English will need to obtain Grade C in OET to apply to work in Dubai Healthcare City,” added Dr AlBlooshi.

OET assesses writing, reading, listening and speaking skills using real healthcare scenarios, such as calming a distressed patient, showing empathy or writing a referral letter. This ensures that healthcare professionals who have passed OET are proficient in the level of English required in the healthcare workplace.

OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said, “We are delighted to sign this agreement. Safety and quality of care are at the heart of OET and Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory has demonstrated its commitment to both patient safety and high quality care by ensuring their healthcare professionals are able to communicate effectively in English. We are delighted that OET candidates will now be able to use their results to apply to practise in Dubai Healthcare City.”

Pictured: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr AlBlooshi, DHCA CEO (left) and Dr Al Hammadi, Director of Professional Licensing (right).

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New English test venue location in Torquay, U.K.

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Torquay UK beachOccupational English Test (OET) opens a new test venue in the UK with Kaplan International English Torquay
OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available at a new venue from May 2017. The new South West test venue will be managed by Kaplan International Torquay.

OET (Occupational English Test) is an Australian-developed English language test which assesses language communication skills of healthcare professionals. It provides assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – through test material designed to reflect real healthcare scenarios.

Anna Robinson, KIE Torquay Principal says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Torquay and across the South West region of England. By offering OET at KIE Torquay, we are enabling health care professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes both here in the UK, and also as an internationally recognized benchmark for those wishing to go on and develop their medical and health care careers in other parts of the globe”.

“OET, which is owned by Cambridge English Language Assessment and the Box Hill Institute, has a unique and proven 30 year pedigree in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The decision to offer the test was an easy one to make,” she concludes.

OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said the new venue will make a huge contribution to the healthcare sector.

“I’m sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with Kaplan International English Torquay. We commend them for their passion for meeting the needs of the community through empowering healthcare professionals to have the level of English communication skills required for safe and effective care”.

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“Doing OET enhanced my skills, knowledge and attitude as a health care provider.”

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“I would definitely recommend OET to other professionals because this will not only improve your language skills but also it will enhance your skills, knowledge and attitude in becoming a better health care provider.

It changed my life, because I learned a lot of things doing OET especially about becoming a better and effective nurse. Also, it helped me build confidence and taught me the importance of patient and health care.”

Nursing, Lovely Subeldia from Philippines 

“I recommend OET to other health professionals because its format really is related to skills that we need to cope within our profession.”

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Seyed Majid Hashemi“Listening, reading, writing, and speaking are all skills that are important for doing our job well. Additionally, effective communication to patients and other healthcare workers is practised in OET exam.

Practising the four skills of OET was very helpful in enhancing my English knowledge and increased my self-esteem in speaking and understanding English.”

Medicine, Seyed Majid Hashemi from Iran 

“Express yourself more confidently.”

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Remzi Ozturk“English language proficiency was among the prerequisites for a non-English speaking applicant in order to be assessed as a radiographer by Australian Institute of Radiography.

OET is more specific to your healthcare profession and helps to express yourself more confidently in the speaking and writing sections compared to other types of exams, which are based on random topics.”

Radiography, Remzi Ozturk  from Bulgaria

“This may sound cliché, but OET helped me achieve my dream.”

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“I already started recommending OET to my friends. Aside from the accommodating and helpful staff that you guys have (especially at the Help-desk department), the appropriateness of the test is incomparable to other English examinations.

I like that the test is formulated to align to the profession of the candidate. I strongly believe that OET withstands any other English tests. I passed the all of the sub-test last year and so did my friends. Now, our papers are already at the New Zealand Embassy.”

Nursing, Robert Bryan Mucsin Marcial from Philippines