International Recruitment Toolkit

Use this resource to plan your approach to overseas recruitment activity, or to review the quality and efficiency of your existing practices.

6 July 2023

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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.

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 commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care and produced by NHS Employers in collaboration with NHS England, 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 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.

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