The one undisputed fact of the NHS 10-Year Plan is that there will be the need to recruit a lot of Nurses from abroad and the big question being asked by everyone is where will they come from?
Recruiting nurses from overseas has become a lot easier over the past 12-months for NHS employers with overseas trained nurses removed from the annual Tier 2 visa cap in June 2018, while in July the NMC announced changes to the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) requiring applicants to only re-sit parts of the assessment that they failed and reducing the mandatory time delay between fail and re-sit.
Perhaps two of the biggest changes to benefit NHS employers recruiting nurses from overseas is that the Nursing & Midwifery Council no longer require a score of 7.0 in the written part of the IELTS and Non-EU Nurses can work in the UK immediately after qualifying.
Today, the Philippines is by far the firm favourite amongst NHS employers who have swapped Madrid, Lisbon, Athens and Bucharest for Manila and Cebu. However, just as the early NHS pioneers to the Philippines found out almost twenty years ago, it doesn’t take long for their secret to get out and then the market becomes saturated.
Over the past year we have partnered with innovative NHS Trusts that want to explore new markets for overseas trained nurses and having managed two very successful trips to Australia, we want to share with you the five reasons our Clients have chosen to travel to Australia:
- The diversity of the workforce in terms of nationality
- The skills mix including the very high quality of the training
- The very high standard of English with less than 15% of nurses requiring an IELTS or OET test
- The low cost-per-hire
- The swift time-to-hire
Our British Nursing Job Fairs in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have been so successful for some of our Clients they no longer need to go back. London’s King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one such employer: “Our success in Australia exceeded our expectations and has contributed to a very significant reduction in our current Nurse vacancy rate, which is now at a historically low level.”
If you want to read the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust case study about their experience in Australia please click here to request a copy.
The British Nursing Job Fair is returning to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in June 2019. If you are interested in learning more about attending as an exhibitor, please click here to request a copy of our sales pack.