Autumn international recruitment newsletter

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27 / 08 / 2014

This quarterly newsletter brings together the latest international recruitment and recruitment related topical news.

In the Autumn edition:

  • New NMC overseas registration requirements
  • Pre-registration pharmacy trainees reminder
  • Improved code of practice map
  • Charging migrants to access NHS healthcare
  • Updated language competency guidance
  • New language requirements for doctors
  • The benefits of health worker migration from New Zealand to the UK - free seminar
  • In other news

New NMC overseas registration requirements

Changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) overseas registration process takes effect in October 2014 for applicants educated from outside of the European Union and European Economic Area.

The new process will replace the overseas nursing programme (ONP) and adaptation to midwifery programme (AMP). From October applicants will be tested for competence through a new two part process:

  • Part one - computer based multiple-choice examination which will be accessible in many countries around the world for applicants to access in their home countries.
  • Part two - practical objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) will always be held in the UK.
Applicants will no longer have to complete a period of supervised practice, therefore the importance of establishing a quality and well structured induction and socialisation period for new overseas staff will be more critical. 

The cost of the tests has yet to be agreed, we will keep employers informed as more information becomes available. Find out more in 
Changes to  overseas registration.

Pre-registration pharmacy trainees reminder

National recruitment is currently taking place for the 2015 intake of pre-registration pharmacist trainees. Employers will be issuing the first round of offers in October and are reminded of their responsibilities to check documentation confirming trainees right to work in the UK. 

Employers should advise non-UK trainees to apply for their Tier 2 visa as soon as they have been notified that they have been awarded their qualification - applications can be made up to three months in advance of their start date on their Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship.

Further information can be found in our latest news and on the Pharmalife website.

Improved code of practice map

We've updated our UK Code of Practice (CoP) map for international recruitment which includes all the commercial recruitment agencies who adhere to the UK Code of Practice for International Recruitment. Employers are strongly encouraged to use this list when looking to recruit from overseas. 

The map now provides information on the professions each agency supplies - helping you to easily identify an agency most suitable to your recruitment needs.

The UK CoP reflects the principles and benchmarks set out in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Code of Practice, which promotes voluntary principles and practices in the ethical recruitment of international healthcare professionals within member states of the European community. Find out more about the WHO code and the UK CoP, including the seven guiding principles in our detailed web section.

Charging migrants to access NHS healthcare

The Visitor and Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme Implementation Plan 2014 - 16 outlines the Department of Health's approach to ensuring that the NHS receives a contribution for the cost of healthcare it provides to non-UK residents. It describes the four phases of implementation which will be rolled out over the next two years which includes improving how NHS staff identify and charge patients, implementing the health surcharge and considering extending charging policy to some primary care and A&E services.

Find out more in our latest news.

Updated language competency guidance

In light of recent changes to the language testing of doctors, we have updated our Language Competency Good Practice Guide for Employers.  Specific information in relation to doctors can be found here.

Download the latest Language Competency Good Practice Guide for Employers.

Free seminar - the benefits of migration

The NHS Employers organisation is pleased to be hosting one of a series of lectures, exploring the benefits of health workforce migration between New Zealand and the UK. Professor Gauld will be examining the movement of healthcare professionals between New Zealand and the UK - looking at the roles migrant professionals play in defining and shaping healthcare in their adopted countries.

Chaired by Sue Covill, Director at NHS Employers, the seminar will look at the types of skills migrant healthcare professionals bring, how these are integrated within their adoptive country and the skills they obtain from their new environment.

Find out more including how to join in our latest news

In other news

  • Health Education England are leading a campaign to encourage former nurses to return to the profession. As part of a strategy to address national nurse shortages, the campaign will focus on tempting former nurses back into the profession. Find out more.
  • Back in May 2014, legislation was updated to strengthen and simplify the civil penalty scheme to prevent illegal working. It includes changes to make it easier for employers to conduct right to work checks as well as having processes in place to deal with organisations who employ staff illegally. The new interactive tool which takes employers through the step-by-step process is available here.


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