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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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New English test venue location in Manchester

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Occupational English Test (OET) opens a new test venue in Manchester with Manchester Academy of English, part of Experience English (in partnership with British Study Centres).
OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available at a new venue from June 2017. The new Manchester test venue will be managed by Nadia Falou.
OET (Occupational English Test) is an 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.

Karen Page, Head of School, says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Manchester. By offering OET at Manchester Academy of English, we are enabling health care professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes”. “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 Manchester Academy of English. 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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OET opens new test venue in Sydney

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A new OET Test Venue has opened in Sydney, to give a wider choice to candidates taking the English language test for healthcare professionals.

OET testing will commence at MP Testing Services in May 2017.

Maki Thanaphattaratada, MP Testing Services Exam Centre Manager says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Sydney. By offering OET at MP Testing Services, we are enabling health care professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes”.

“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.

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OET now in accepted in Dubai

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OET is now accepted as proof of English proficiency in Dubai. In February, the Occupational English Test (OET) signed an agreement with the Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), giving healthcare professionals the opportunity to improve their career prospects in the UAE.

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 the healthcare-specific OET test to prove English proficiency 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 commend KHDA for their commitment to the healthcare sector in Dubai where an increasing number of medical tourists, and therefore healthcare professionals, communicate in English”.

“Unlike other English tests, OET test materials are based on real healthcare scenarios so employers can be confident that successful candidates have the level of English communication skills required for safe and high quality patient care.”

“We are delighted to strengthen the bonds between OET and the UAE and contribute to the high standards of healthcare in the region,” she concludes.

Pictured: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr Almahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA.

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OET opens new test venue in Wollongong

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A new OET Test Venue has opened in Wollongong, to give a wider choice to candidates taking the English language test for healthcare professionals.

OET testing will commence at UOW College, University of Wollongong in April 2017.

Acting General Manager Heather Thomas says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Wollongong. By offering OET at UOW College, we are enabling health care professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes. We’re also excited to be developing an OET preparation course, so our students will get the most out of their test”.

“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 significant contribution to the healthcare sector.

“I’m sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with UOW College. 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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OET India and Sri Lanka Roadshow

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David Wiltshire and Afsaneh Rashidi from OET visited India and Sri Lanka in January on the first OET Roadshow in the region.

Representatives from organisations including language schools, healthcare educators and the major health regulators were invited to the launch of two new Test Venues in Kochi, India and Colombo, Sri Lanka. The new Test Venues will provide easier access to OET testing for local healthcare professionals.

A total of 100 teachers attended information sessions in Kochi, New Delhi and Colombo on how to prepare candidates for OET, presented by David Wiltshire. He also presented an OET preparation masterclass to a total of 200 potential candidates in each city.

Afsaneh Rashidi said: “It was wonderful to launch two new Test Venues in Kochi and Colombo, and build relationships with a large number of healthcare organisations who share OET’s aim of ensuring patient safety and quality of care, while also improving career prospects for healthcare professionals in the region”.

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OET opens new test venue in Durban, South Africa

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available at a new venue from April 2017. The new Durban, KeaZulu-Natal test venue will be managed by High Stakes Assessment South Africa (HISTASSA).

Rosy Davids, Test Venue Manager – HISTASSA, says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. By offering OET at High Stakes Assessment South Africa (HISTASSA), we are enabling healthcare professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes”.

“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.

Read the media release“I’m sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with High Stakes Assessment South Africa. 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,” she said.

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OET opens new test venue in Penang, Malaysia

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available for the first time in Malaysia at a new test venue from April. Managed by GPEX, the test will be available in Penang.

GPEX is an award-winning English Language educational service provider in Malaysia and Hong Kong. In Malaysia, GPEX has been working alongside Cambridge English Language Assessment since 2011.

Cheong Zien Wei says: “We are committed to providing an excellent service to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in Malaysia. By offering OET in addition to general Cambridge English tests, we are enabling healthcare professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for registration and employment in an English speaking workplace”.

“OET,Read the media release which is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a venture between Cambridge English and the Box Hill Institute, has an excellent reputation internationally. The decision to add OET to our suite of tests was an easy one to make,” he concluded.

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