- English for Nurses (available)
- English for Healthcare Assistants and Carers (available)
- English for Doctors (available end July/early August)
The online courses were written in response to a growing need for targeted language support for overseas nurses coming to the UK to work ( for 'UK' substitute 'an English-speaking country' or 'country where English is the lingua franca in hospitals').
Over the past few years, I have noticed a change in focus of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) courses. There is a greater need for overseas workers in any specialised field to be workplace-ready, to be able to 'hit the ground running', as soon as they start a new job in a foreign land. In the case of healthcare workers, this can mean entering a fast-paced environment with little time to ask for linguistic help from colleagues.
I have always been a fan of rehearsal of a task before the event. I always advised my international nursing students to go through an imagined scenario before facing patients and colleagues on the ward. How would you ask a patient about their pain? If you are going to use a pain scale, what will you ask? (' Can you rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten? Zero means no pain at all and ten is the worst pain you've ever had'). How will you deal with a visitor who insists on being told information about a patient's care. (I'm very sorry. I know it's difficult, but I can't give you any information about Mrs X's care. It's confidential')
The courses are organised around dialogues of common situations to help learners put themselves in the position of the nurse/ healthcare assistant/ doctor. I firmly believe that this helps to reduce stress around these sorts of conversations. Of course, all conversations will not 'follow the script' every time, however, once confident with the basic idea it's a short step to managing changes in a conversation.
Specialist Language Courses have set up a demo for the Nurses course at https://healthcare.english360.com/courses/demo/104072
Please feel free to try it out for free - you just need to create a login to access. It’s for anyone and everyone, so feel free to share.