The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on overseas recruitment for the NHS. In the midst of a global healthcare crisis, international candidates have been far less able and willing to travel.
At the same time, global demand for healthcare staff is higher than ever, with economically advanced nations all around the world competing for the same pools of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
As the coronavirus crisis peaked, the numbers of international nurses and doctors coming into the UK dropped to unprecedented levels, with NMC registrations from non-EEA nurses plummeting from 1,348 in March 2020 to just 35 in April 2020.
With borders open again and visa restrictions lifted, NHS trusts and health boards now need to act fast to backfill vacancies, rapidly ramping up international recruitment so they can boost their ranks in time for winter.
Here at Medacs Healthcare, our permanent recruitment teams have been working tirelessly for months in preparation for borders reopening around the world. We’ve kept our pipeline of candidates engaged throughout, doing everything we can to get visa papers ready and help doctors and nurses waiting overseas prepare for living and working in the UK.
Working with our network of education partners, we’ve provided training and support, for example helping nurses to prepare for their OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) while they are still overseas.
Within weeks of restrictions being lifted, we welcomed 86 new doctors and nurses into the UK, with a further 390 set to arrive soon, provided that travel remains possible.
We’ve worked around the clock to ensure our new international recruits arrive in the UK safely. From rebooking countless flights to doing everything possible to support our new arrivals throughout their mandatory isolation period, including arranging taxis, ordering food deliveries and setting up bank accounts.
You name it, we’ve done it! Doctors and nurses relocating to the UK right now are making a brave and selfless commitment to support our NHS. That’s why we are fully committed to making sure they receive the very best care and support we can give.
Helping healthcare professionals to relocate in times of such widespread uncertainty is particularly challenging, but our work proves that the NHS can rely on us and our dedicated international recruitment experts to supply the staff they need.
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