Date of release: 4 December 2015
A six-strong team from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust who travelled to the Philippines on a vital recruitment mission have offered jobs to 222 qualified nurses.
After moving on from the capital Manila to another round of interviews in Cebu City, the team has passed its target to recruit 200 nurses who could start work at the hospital in the New Year.
The Trust has to look overseas because too few nurses are graduating nationally from training and education in the UK.
RWT, which has not recruited in the Philippines for over 10 years, is taking advantage of a temporary lifting of immigration restrictions which prevented some overseas nursing recruitment.
Potential recruits interviewed by the team have already gone through a process to make sure they meet qualification criteria to work in the NHS. They will all be educated to degree level and will have post-registration experience of working in hospitals.
Before any of them who are offered a job can work in the UK they will also go through a test of competence by demonstrating their skills in a practical setting in the UK.
Director of Human Resources Linda Holland said: “Successful recruits will come to the UK to start work across a range of specialties as soon as they have met the criteria to practice in this country.”
RWT’s success in recruiting overseas nurses was recognised when it was chosen by Health Education West Midlands to be the lead host for the Regional Overseas Recruitment Hub to specialise in finding nurses and bringing them to the UK. The recruitment hub is being led by Joanne Broome who is an experienced Resourcing Manager.
Led by Joanne, who is joined on the trip to the Philippines by five nurses, the Trust has recruited 77 nurses in the last few months with trips to Europe.
Joanne said: “RWT agreed to host the hub because of our successful track record in recruiting much-needed nursing staff. The project has been a big success and has benefitted other Trusts as well as RWT.”
Travel and accommodation cosyts for the trip to the Philippines are paid by a recruitment agency which carries out the pre-qualification checks and arranges the interviews. RWT only pays a fee for each nurse it recruits.