Monday, August 18, 2014

Nurses, Doctors, OT's, Radiographers Urgently Required For UK NHS Hospitals

Cynthia Barker writes...UK needs more overseas nurses!...My immigration department has been swamped with visa appeals and requests for Tier 2 working visas for medical and nursing jobs in the UK.

We will be exhibiting at the MedPharm Job Fair in Barcelona and Madrid 13/14 September.

Concept Care's has had requests from a number of UK NHS Trusts desperate to recruit international nurses, Doctors and AHP's (Allied Health Professions) such as Occupational Therapists and Radiographers.

Medical recruitment agencies, such as Concept Care Solutions, and NHS Trusts have already gone out to the EU (Spain, Greece, Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria) to find nurses, care workers, OT's, PT's and doctors. EU workers can go anywhere within the EU to work, which means the UK faces stiff competition fro the best medical staff.

My view is that NHS employers will have to start employing non-EU nurses and staff from countries such as India and the Philippines in order to meet massive staff shortages.

Nurses needed include:

  • Theatre
  • ICU
  • A&E
  • Care of the Elderly

Teams of hospital staff have flown all over Europe but failed to recruit the required number of staff, as well as discovering that the level of English language ability was not as good as expected. There is no requirement for IELTS 7.00 for nurses from the European Union despite the fact that the average European nurse probably speaks a lower level of English than a Filipino, African or Indian nurse, let alone and Australian nurse!

Hey, thousands of Post Study Work Visas (PSW) will be expiring in August and September. If you have a nursing or medical degree and need a Tier 2 working visa, contact me.

If you are a qualified nurse, doctor or OT/AHP in the UK send your CV to

The NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) requirements for overseas nurses wishing to work in the UK are changing in October. An online written competence test and assessment held in the UK is being introduced from October 2014 replacing the outdated overseas nursing programme (ONP).

The new 'competence test' system will make it easier for employers, such as the NHS, to recruit non-EU nurses who want to work in the UK and fill the 20,000 plus UK nurse job vacancies.

Non-EU nurses will still need an English language level of IELTS 7.00. 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.

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 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.

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