Cynthia Barker writes...Phew, what a long day! I'm exhausted but feel great that I have achieved something worthwhile.
Started the day with an early presentation with Concept Care's team at a London NHS Trust, which wants to recruit international nurses, midwives and AHP's (allied Health Professions). such as Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
Interestingly, the NHS Trust has tried recruiting from the EU (Spain, Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria), but need far medical more staff going forward and will look at employing non-EU nurses from countries such as India and the Philippines.
Many hospitals have tried Europe but failed to recruit the required number, as well as finding that the level of English was not quite up to scratch.
Other Trusts have gone further afield to the Philippines to recruit Filipino nurses.
Went straight from the NHS recruitment presentation to the Philippine Embassy in Trafalgar Square where I met with the Labor Attache and Consul to discuss the POEA requirements for hiring overseas Filipino workers (OFW's) for UK jobs.
We also discussed job opportunities for the thousands of qualified nurses already in the UK, for instance on student visas, who are presently working as carers, but would like to get back into nursing. Send us your CV!
The embassy was, as usual, packed with OFW's applying for various documents while networking and watch TFC - The Filipino Channel in the reception!
Was asked by several people about NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) requirements for nursing in the UK, as well as what to do if someone has overstayed their visa.
Anyone with a nursing degree and 1 year's clinical practice who wants to work as a nurse in the UK should check my previous blog on NMC requirements for overseas nurses.
You will need an English language level of IELTS 7.00 if you are a non-EU nurse. EU nurses have no English language requirement!
Visa overstayers should book a consultation with an OISC registered immigration adviser to look at their options for regularising their stay in the UK.
I was in sunny London very close to Buckingham Palace where the Chinese Premier was visiting the Queen and David Cameron to discuss a multi-billion pound investment into the UK in return for easier visas for Chinese visitors.
If you need advice on any immigration matter, including overstaying your visa, EU or UK immigration law, or want to appeal against a refusal, call Cynthia Barker on 07850 307687 or 0208 731 5972 or email her your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cynthia Barker is a qualified OISC Registered Immigration Adviser, with 15 years experience in immigration matters, with a team of Level 3 Immigration Law Practitioners, Concept Care Solutions, Middlesex House, 29-45 High Street, Edgware, HA8 7UU.