NHS England and NHS Improvement Announce a Package of Measures to Support International Nurse Recruitment

By on December 27th, 2020

On September 25th, NHS England and NHS Improvement shared a letter with directors of nursing and regional chief nurses throughout England, outlining a package of measures to support international nurse recruitment.

This package includes:

  • funding to support the arrival and onboarding of international nurses who have already received job offers, but have not yet reached the UK
  • funding to expand future international nurse recruitment initiatives. Between £25,000 and £100,000 will be available per trust for 2020/21, depending on the size of the organisation and scale of international recruitment under consideration.
  • support to overseas trained nurses already working in the NHS in non-registered nursing posts to pass their Occupational English Test (OET) or International English Language Test (IELTS). This will include funding for above mentioned exams and providing financial support for English language training programmes.

The aim of this funding is to reduce nursing vacancies throughout the NHS and support the expansion of ethical international recruitment initiatives in line with the NHS People Plan.

If you are an international nurse looking to live and work in the UK, this may be the ideal time to begin your journey.

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