Supporting internationally educated health professionals - a new framework

Hospital staff

14 / 11 / 2014 1.11pm

A new framework aims to help internationally educated healthcare professionals adapt to life in the UK and working in the NHS.

Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) make valuable contributions to the NHS and the provision of high quality patient care. However, IEHPs can face a range of challenges associated with adapting to living in a new country and working in a complex health care system.

While many IEHPs do this without encountering any major problems, it has been noted that there can be initial difficulties that arise that may also extend into the early years of practice. To help support the safe transition of IEHPs into the NHS, the new framework has been designed and launched by Health Education North Central and East London. Though designed and written with specific reference to London, the guidance will also be useful to IEHPs and their supervisors in other parts of the UK.

The overall aim is to enable clinical managers, educators and supervisors to reflect on and develop their own practice in order to more effectively support the safe transition of IEHPs to working in the NHS. It also provides guidance on strategies that can be used to support safe transitions and the ongoing professional development of IEHPs. It may also be of interest to IEHPs themselves.

The framework is based around five domains:

-  communicative and cultural capability

-  clinical capability

-  professional culture

-  developing resilience

-  teaching and learning

The first edition of the framework focuses on nursing, midwifery and medicine as these are currently the main disciplines that are recruiting IEHPs.  The principles and related resources however, are likely to be relevant to other IEHPs and their supervisors.

Download the guidance from the London postgraduate medical and dental education website, along with related podcasts and resources.

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