Recruiting foreign nurses ‘frustrating and expensive’: British Nurses should cash in on the bonanza

British nurses with desirable high specialty skills such as A&E and Intensive Care should cash in on their opportunity. Travelling a few miles or even a few hours could boost earnings considerably. The employer benefits from knowledge of training quality, probity, professionalism and communications skills – as this is often absent for long periods if these nurses are not appointed. It also applies to doctors at both consultant and junior level. Are YOU, a potential long term patient (even a politician?)with multiple chronic diseases, confident of YOUR future care, or would you rather bury your head? It is the staff who spend time and identify with you who you really remember. The Health visitor for a mother, the psychologist in depression, the physiotherapist after an injury or stroke. It is not only Nurses, but also the softer specialities of the Health Services that are really thin and unable to sustain quality. A change in funding, philosophy and patient expectation is needed..

 Jane Dreaper in the BBC News team reports 28th July 2015: Recruiting foreign nurses ‘frustrating and expensive’

It is “distracting, frustrating and expensive” to have to recruit large numbers of nurses from overseas, the head of a leading NHS hospital says.

Dr Keith McNeil, who runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, urged officials to “figure out” what resources were needed and improve UK recruitment.

Around 7,500 nurses from countries such as Spain, Romania and Italy registered to work in the UK last year.

Health Education England said national training places had increased.

Figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show the recruitment of overseas staff to the UK is growing.

The number of nurses coming here from other parts of the EU has risen steadily during the past six years – now making up the vast majority of new overseas recruits – while the number of foreign nurses from beyond Europe has dropped…..

Medical Schools: your chances – applications-to-acceptance ratio was 11.2.

Third round of GP trainee recruitment cost £113,000 to fill 72 posts (and now you wonder why locums cost so much!)

London GP services crisis pending… Overseas doctors will probably fill the vacancies. Watch for private GPs and Private A&E departments in the capital…

Implosion. Cynical – over 20% GPs from overseas, and 100s of places unfilled in GP training. Why not consider why?

Not enough nurses or doctors? Or are we just inefficient? The situation is a disgrace and a scandal, and needs a war like atmosphere of honesty to address it…

Healthcare Alert: “We could fall behind in health” – and yet ” Britain has the chance to be the world’s doctor” – REALLY?

Building from nothing? A workforce for the Regional Health Services and rural areas…

New plan to develop frontline NHS Wales workforce

OOH GP services – A Shameful reduction in standards, and increase in expense

Australia offers free weekends to lure NHS consultants

Why not become a locum? Earn more, Standard hours of your own choice, no administration and control of your own life? Training bribes won’t work: undercapacity controls the rules




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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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