Scottish Health Board NHS Grampian is returning to Australia this month to recruit more nurses following their initial success at the British Nursing Job Fairs.
In January, NHS Grampian reported that they were thrilled with their Australian recruitment mission that resulted in 49 job offers being made to nurses and in October confirmed that 5 nurses had already started with a further 50 expected to follow.
NHS Grampian have spotted an opportunity to target newly qualified nurses in Australia following the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision to allow newly qualified Nurses trained outside the EU to work in the UK immediately after applying.
In contrast to the nursing shortages in the NHS including a fall in the number of students studying for a nursing degree in the UK, Australia’s Department of Jobs and Small Business has reported that there is no shortages of nurses in Western Australia. Meanwhile according to the Department of Health in Western Australia, a total of 1,783 nurses applied for the State’s graduate nursing programme with just 656 nurses securing a position.
Stephen McLarnon, Chief Executive, HealthSectorJobs and organiser of the British Nursing Job Fairs in Australia said “It’s no surprise that NHS Grampian are going back to Australia. Once a Trust travels to Australia they begin to see the enormous potential there is in the market especially for newly qualified nurses. The nursing recruitment market is cyclical, for example, six years ago the NHS was laying off nurses and Australia was mopping them up. Now Australia has an oversupply of nurses in certain States and the NHS should be taking advantage.”
Click here to learn more about attending our British Nursing Job Fairs in Australia.