Living the Language

A nurse’s guide to English usage in British life and work

“Even though I studied hard with an OET preparation provider and passed OET, I still have to keep learning English.”

– Shinu, OET candidate from India now working in the NHS

For nurses like Shinu, passing OET is just the first step in learning to communicate in a UK healthcare setting. When it comes to understanding what patients are actually saying and how to interact with colleagues, that’s when the challenges can really start.

Living the Language is a new toolkit designed to help overseas nurses move beyond basic English to become competent communicators at work and at home. Easy to read and packed with practical advice, it focuses on the communication skills nurses need to adapt, integrate and settle in faster – vital in the drive to improve staff retention.

What’s in the guide?

  • Advice on workplace communication including the SBAR tool
  • Guidance for patient communication and common challenges such as local accents and dialects, person-centred care and active listening
  • Help with settling into new multidisciplinary teams and professional cultures
  • Tips on everyday use of British English in social settings

Living the Language Guide

Access it here