7 reasons why you should work for the NHS as an overseas nurse

Working for the NHS
April 1, 2022
7 reasons why you should work for the NHS as an overseas nurse

Working for the NHS as an overseas nurse has many benefits. Not only will you have the opportunity to work in one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, you’ll be providing high-quality care around the clock that’s freely accessible to everyone in the UK.

On top of this, you’ll be able to benefit from health pay and benefits packages.

By partnering with Migrate, we’ll walk you through every step of the relocation process. So, if you’re a nurse in India, the Philippines, or anywhere else in the world, here are 7 reasons why it’s worth working for the NHS as an overseas nurse.

1.     A guaranteed long-term contract

 When you start working for the NHS as an overseas nurse, you’ll be given an initial three-year visa and sponsorship. This gives you the long-term financial security you need to migrate to the UK.

These contracts often get renewed, with some international nurses working in the sameNHS trust for over a decade.

2.    Manageable work hours

Every overseas nurse working in the NHS will have a standard working week of 37.5 hours in normal circumstances (outside of Covid-19).

There are opportunities for you to work extra hours and reap the reward with pay enhancements for every hour of overtime you work. If you choose to work on bank holidays and Sundays, you’ll be paid 60% more, while those who opt to work nights and Saturdays will be paid 30% more.

Once you’ve gained six months’ experience within the NHS, you’ll have the option to register with a recruitment agency to gain more experience and extra money.

3.   A competitive salary

When you join the NHS, you’ll be rewarded with a Band5 Staff Nurse salary. Offering a salary in the range of £22,128 to £28,746 – dependent on where you live in the UK – you’ll be able to live comfortably, with enough money to spend on the people and things you care about.

4.   Paid holidays

The NHS offers some of the best paid holidays of any career in the UK. As a new overseas nurse, you’ll get 27 paid days every year to relax and explore new sights. You’ll also be paid for eight bank holiday days each year.

After working for the NHS for five years, your holiday allowance increases to 29 days. After ten years of service, your original 27 days increases to 33 days.

5.    Paid training

New to theNHS, you’ll be required to undertake a two-part competency test. The first part is a computer-based test (CBT) which tests your theoretical nursing knowledge and is completed before your arrival in the UK. The second part is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This tests your practical skills and will betaken when you relocate to the UK.

6.   On-site accommodation

Starting a new life in a different country can be daunting and stressful. Your NHS trust may support you with free accommodation for the first few months, helping you  to settle into your new surroundings.

7.    Free flights

When you come to the UK as a new overseas NHS nurse with Migrate, your flights will be paid for by our NHS client.

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