What is the National Health Service?
The National Health Service (NHS) is a government funded healthcare system and one of the largest employers, globally.
Why is the NHS recruiting international nurses?
Due to a shortage of nurses, services in NHS hospitals across England have been severely hampered. To equalize the demand and supply equilibrium, the NHS is recruiting international nurses to become a part of their healthcare workforce.
Benefits of working with the NHS include:
- Starting salary of £19,737, which rises to £24,907 upon completion and passing of the OSCE. Then in year 3 of the programme the salary will rise to £26,970
- Paid return flights to the UK
- 3 months paid accommodation on arrival
- 35 days’ holiday (including public holidays)
- Opportunity to join the NHS Pension scheme
- Visa allows for travel in and out of the UK
- Family members (‘dependants’) can come to the UK (they must apply for a UK visa)
- Opportunity to work paid overtime/extra hours