The NHS is facing significant staffing challenges including shortfalls in the required numbers of nursing staff. This situation has led some commentators to use the term "staffing crisis” as many hospitals are turning to overseas nurses to meet their recruitment requirements.
Currently, around 10% of the nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK trained overseas and around 1000 nurses each year come to work in the UK from outside the European Economic Area.
Whilst these figures make for good political headlines, the situation is not new of course and overseas doctors and nurses have made a significant and important contribution to the NHS for many years. Indeed the Royal College of Nursing regards overseas recruitment to be a permanent feature of employers’ staffing and retention strategies in the health care sector.
Overseas recruitment is not easy to get right however and there are needs and challenges for both the candidate and the employing organisation. This is where an experienced recruitment agency comes into play and can help in promoting the long-term sustainability of overseas appointments. One way in which a nursing agency can do this is by helping both sides to set realistic expectations of the recruitment process and the appointment and by supporting the candidate as they acclimatise to the UK culture and to their new role in the NHS.
Geneva Healthcare International is a highly experienced international recruitment agency with over 15 years’ experience of helping NHS organisations to meet their overseas recruitment needs. We provide expertise and guidance to help employers clearly define their recruitment needs and expectations. We also ensure every overseas candidate we source has extensive information about the post and the hospital, has a full welcome on their arrival to the UK and has our full and on going support during their appointment.
If you would like more information about our international recruitment services, please call us today on 0207 025 0090.