International recruitment newsletter

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19 / 06 / 2014

In this edition:

Transitional visa requirements for doctors and dentists in training

July and August are the busiest months for visa applications and employers are reminded to encourage their students starting a Foundation Programme or Core/Specialty training to apply for their respective Tier 4 or Tier 2 visas as far in advance as possible.

Employers are also reminded of the necessary employment checks.

Visit our latest news item to read more.

Supporting new recruits from overseas

We’ve worked with South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to capture the fantastic work they’ve done with their new overseas nurses to help them settle into their new working and social environment.

Find out how they’ve developed a structured staff integration programme including the use of workshops, inductions days and 1:1 support sessions that not only benefit those coming from overseas, but existing staff too.

Download the example.

CfWI call for evidence on shortage occupations

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence is currently consulting on current and anticipated workforce shortages through their call for evidence survey.

Employers are encouraged to submit strong evidence where shortages exist by the 30 June deadline. The results will help inform a potential review of the National Shortage Occupation List later in the year.

Find out more in our latest news article where you can link straight to the survey.

Recruiting for values – new case study

Find out how Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has implemented a new recruitment strategy to effectively recruit nurses from overseas, incorporating values based recruitment.

A shortage of nurses in the local area due to a reduction in trainee numbers and competition from larger city and teaching hospitals, meant the trust needed to re-think their recruitment strategy.

Learn how they used practical job scenarios, drug calculation tests and values based interviews to recruit nurses who are now an integral part of the local community.

Download the example.

Nursing workforce survey findings

We are working with a range of partners from across the health system, as part of a Health Education England (HEE) Steering Group, to look at how we can improve the recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce.

We carried out a survey for HEE as part of the first phase of this work. The aim of the survey was to gather robust and timely intelligence from employers about the current nurse workforce demand and their views on supply issues. The survey asked employers for information about specific nursing supply challenges, their views on nursing workforce demand and the actions they are implementing to resolve any supply shortages they face.

The data collected has helped to inform and shape the co-ordinated recruitment and retention solutions being explored by the steering group.

Find out more by visiting our latest news page.

Language requirements for doctors

New requirements are being implemented to ensure the appropriate English language skills of doctors working in the UK.

On 29 April a new category of fitness impairment came into effect ‘not having the necessary knowledge of English’. From 18 June a new minimum score of 7.5 for the International English Language Testing System test applies and from 25 June new rules and regulations allow the General Medical Council to refuse a licence to practise for those who do not meet the minimum requirements.

We will be updating our language competency guidance shortly to reflect these changes. More information is available in our medical workforce section.

Changes to right to work checks

On 16 May 2014, the Home Office made changes to the type of documents employers can ask for to verify an individual's right to work in the UK. We have summarised the changes for you here.

Call for case studies

We’d like to hear from you about the process you’ve undertaken to recruit overseas nationals and how you support new staff to integrate into your organisation and local community. Drop an email with a short summary and we’ll be in touch to develop your example.

Other news: 

  • New fees were introduced on the 6 April 2014 by the Home Office for visa, immigration and nationality services - download the 2014/2015 fees table.
  • New website – NHS Employers has a brand new website, designed to help employers personalise and choose topics of interest. You can find the International recruitment section here. Please spend a few moments to familiarise yourself with the new site and send any feedback to

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