International recruitment toolkit

29 / 03 / 2021

This toolkit is for colleagues involved in leading and delivering international recruitment in the NHS. It aims to encourage and enable good practices and processes for the recruitment of international staff across a wide range of professions. 

You can use this resource to plan your approach to overseas recruitment activity for the first time, or to review the quality and efficiency of your existing practices and processes.

The We are the NHS: People Plan for 2020/2021 acknowledges the importance of increasing our ethical international recruitment and building partnerships with new countries (bringing benefit to the person and their country, as well as the NHS). Work is also underway to remove barriers to international recruitment and increase capacity for induction and support to overseas recruits.

This toolkit is designed to support collaborative, effective and ethical international recruitment that provides value for money.

This resource was originally commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care and produced by NHS Employers in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Health Education England. We would also like to give special thanks to the reference groups of employers, staff and stakeholders and the many other contributors from across the sector involved in developing and helping to maintain this resource.

Please note that the last toolkit review took place on the date specified at the top of this page. The toolkit is updated quarterly to ensure the most up to date guidance and links are included.

You may also wish to view our supplementary guidance on continuing international recruitment following COVID-19, which was launched in June 2020 and is to be read in conjunction with the toolkit.

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