Overseas recruitment activities of NHS Trusts 2015–2018: Findings from FOI requests to 19 Acute NHS Trusts in England

Gillin, Nicola and Smith, David M. (2019) Overseas recruitment activities of NHS Trusts 2015–2018: Findings from FOI requests to 19 Acute NHS Trusts in England. Nursing Inquiry. ISSN 1440-1800

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Abstract

Migrant nurses form an increasing proportion of the nursing workforce, with the United Kingdom [UK] being the third most popular destination for overseas nurses in the world. The migrant nurse workforce is highly susceptible to policy changes at the macro or professional level of the donor and recipient countries. Freedom of information requests were issued to 19 National Health Service [NHS] Trusts in England to determine their involvement in overseas nurse recruitment activity from 1998 onwards. These indicate a notable shift away from active European Union [EU] recruitment and towards overseas countries particularly the Philippines and India. Reasons given were: Diminishing returns from EU sources, high attrition among EU nurses, and the introduction of English language tests for EU nurses in July 2016. This led to Trusts revisiting their recruitment strategies by increasing more direct/less resource intensive methods, and expanding their focus outside of the EU. Trusts frequently utilised private recruitment companies for their recruitment drives, including consulting and influencing the Trusts’ workforce strategies. Policy adjustments have numerous influences on the composition of the overseas nursing workforce. Whilst the NHS continues its efforts in expanding its international nursing workforce this should not be at the expense of ethical and sustainable recruitment practices, which may be compromised indirectly as a result.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness research grant development award - https://www.shifoundation.org.uk/
Keywords: Overseas nurses, international recruitment, migration, Freedom of Information, NHS, Brexit
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 08:37
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:07
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704670

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