Restarting international recruitment following COVID-19

Restarting international recruitment

COVID-19 has paused overseas travel, but as international routes begin to reopen, NHS organisations are restarting their international recruitment to support their COVID-19 recovery plans.  

It also remains a key priority to meet the government’s target of an additional 50,000 nurses working for the NHS by 2024/25. It is therefore important to consider your next steps on international recruitment. 

This guidance is designed to complement our international recruitment toolkit which was published last year. It provides some simple steps you can take now to maintain relationships with overseas recruits whom you’ve offered posts to and continue to support overseas staff currently working in the UK. 

Induction

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.

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.

Ethical recruitment

Ethical recruitment

Ensure your international recruitment is robust, ethical and in line with the code of practice following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 immigration health surcharge and options for staff unable to make it to the UK.

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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