NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award

NHS trusts’ high-quality pastoral care for international nurses and midwives can now be recognised through the NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award.

16 March 2023

NHS England is encouraging trusts to apply for the NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award, which supports employers to provide high-quality pastoral care to internationally recruited nurses and midwives.

Launched in March 2022 by NHS England's nursing international recruitment programme, the award has been developed to standardise the pastoral care provided by trusts and recognise commitment to high-quality support.

NHS trusts can apply for a quality award based on their international recruitment practices and will be assessed against a set of standards for pastoral care developed by international recruitment leads and international nursing and midwifery associations.

From 2023, trusts that achieve the award will be reassessed every three years.

To request an application pack or find out more, please visit NHS England's website or contact the NHS England international recruitment programme team at: