Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to have welcomed 16 International Nurses over the last year, from India, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.
This has been achieved working alongside our Collaborative Partners Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital.
In August 2021, as part of the wider plan to increase the nursing workforce, NHFT welcomed their first three International Nurses, each looking to start their journey to becoming a qualified nurse in the UK.
The International Recruitment programme aims to recruit nurses who are already qualified in their country of origin, many of whom already have years of nursing experience in their home country.
The process of starting a new job in a new country can be really daunting, but NHFT support the nurses throughout the process from their initial application and shortlisting, to arranging visa applications and booking flights. Throughout the year, this has also involved supporting with quarantine hotels.
Upon arrival in England, nurses are met at the airport, supported initially with housing, they are assisted in setting up bank accounts and getting to know their local area. Nurses stay in Trust accommodation for eight weeks before being supported to find more permanent accommodation with assistance from the pastoral team at the Trust.
Each nurse completes six to eight weeks of Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) training before sitting their final OSCE exam, which, upon passing, enables our nurses to start working on a ward.
Isebrook Community Hospital was the first area in NHFT to welcome International Nurses.
By the end of March 2022, sixteen Adult Nurses had landed in the UK, with thirteen nurses having completed their training, all of whom are now working in our community hospitals and palliative care teams.
Ten nurses have successfully passed the OSCE Exam so far.
Linda Chibuzer, Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Quality at NHFT said: “I am delighted to welcome our international nurses to team.
“NHFT and would like to thank each one of them for the difference they make each day to their patients. I would also like to thank all our NHFT colleagues who are working with our International Nurses and welcomed them to teamNHFT.”
“International nurses often bring with them a wealth of learning from other countries and this experience helps us to share learning with colleagues and to continue to deliver excellent patient care, ensuring that patients and their families have a good experience in our care.
“I would also like to thank the team behind the programme who have supported our new
colleagues, made them feel welcome, helped with housing and familiarisation and enabled the programme to be a success.
NHFT are hoping to build on this year’s programme by recruiting a further 40 new international nurses next year across Adult and Mental Health Nursing teams. Further information can be found through the International Nursing team.