Continuing international recruitment during COVID-19

Restarting international recruitment

COVID-19 has affected overseas travel and may continue to do so, however, NHS organisations continue their international recruitment activity to relieve workforce pressure and support recovery plans. As the pandemic continues, this section aims to keep employers up to date.

Increasing ethical international recruitment forms a key part of the People Plan for 20/21, with the plan encouraging lead-recruiter and system-level models for more efficient and better value for money recruitment. The plan also highlights plans for co-ordinated international marketing, new English language training programmes and partnerships with new countries designed to benefit the individual, their home country and the NHS.

The guidance below is designed to complement our international recruitment toolkit. It outlines some simple steps you can take now to conduct robust recruitment, maintain relationships with overseas recruits whom you’ve offered posts to and support overseas recruits no matter where they are in their migration journey.

Ensuring your future pipeline

Ensuring your future pipeline

If you have been busy identifying and preparing for overseas recruits to come to the UK, you will not want to lose them due to COVID-19.

Induction

Risk assessment and induction

Robust induction will be as crucial as ever during the pandemic for your overseas recruits and some elements will need to be done a bit differently due to social distancing measures.

Remote interviewing

Remote interviewing

Improve the pace of your recruitment at this time using remote interviewing techniques.

Visas and immigration

Visas and immigration

Find information on visa extensions, the removal of immigration health surcharge and options for staff unable to make it to the UK during the pandemic.

Supporting your existing overseas staff

Supporting your existing overseas staff

Working in an unfamiliar country without a pandemic can be hard enough for individuals, and the COVID-19 outbreak has brought changes to how our society functions on top of that.

Employment checks

Employment checks

Make sure you understand the employment check standards as well as temporary COVID-19 measures around document checking.

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