Strategies the NHS Uses to Boost International Recruitment

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April 1, 2022
Strategies the NHS Uses to Boost International Recruitment

The NHS has implemented several strategies to ensure funding is released to international recruitment. Since September 2020, £28 million was injected by the UK Government to hire overseas nurses, following a period of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Local recruitment hubs

There are a number of methods used by the NHS to drive international recruitment, and one of these strategies include building local recruitment hubs. As part of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s international recruitment nursing programme,[AB1]  this initiative was implemented to incentivise trusts to develop lead-recruiter and system-level models of international recruitment.

Ethical international recruitment

NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE) are working with the Government to increase ethical international recruitment and build partnerships with new countries, ensuring the supplying country is positively impacted, as well as the individual health worker and the NHS. This will include work to remove barriers to recruitment and increasing capacity for induction and support.

English language training programmes

As part of the drive to boost international recruitment, HEE will pilot new English language training programmes for international nurses. These will offer high-quality and cost-effective language training and include new models for online education and assessment, enabling nurses to quickly achieve the necessary standards required in the workplace.

International marketing campaign

NHS England and NHS Improvement will work with the Government to establish a new international marketing campaign through 2020/21, to promote the NHS as an employer of choice for international health workers.

The Health and Care Worker visa

The Health and Care Worker visa, launched by the Government in August 2020 will make it quicker, cheaper and easier for registered health staff to come from overseas to work in the NHS.

To qualify for a Health and Care Worker visa, you must:

  • be a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
  • work in an eligible health or social care job
  • work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
  • have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • be paid a minimum salary - how much depends on the type of work you do

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