Following the period of inactivity during the pandemic, CNO announces funding of £28m is being made available to England for overseas recruitment of nurses. Half of the money is dedicated to supporting the arrival to the country of nurses who have already been appointed from abroad. The other half is to fund a “significant expansion” of future overseas nurse recruitment for the remaining of 2020-21.
There are currently more than 6,500 international nurses recruited waiting to come to England. £14m financial package was being made available to help get the nurses into the NHS. The money is also intended to help trusts “develop a new pipeline of overseas nurses and diversify the intake of nurses from a range of countries”. Out of 13,000 nurses and midwives who had signed up to the temporary coronavirus register, 6,000 had completed the checks required to practise.
Susan Masters, director of nursing policy and public affairs for the Royal College of Nursing, said: “We want the UK to be attractive to our international colleagues, who we value and can learn from.