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International Nurse recruitment

We have welcomed over 250 international nurses to Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) in 2021. All were supported through NUH's Test of Competence Programme.

Recruitment of international nurses continues in 2022 as we work alongside our agency partner.

International nurses who join NUH can expect the following:

  • A dedicated recruitment team
  • An experienced education team providing pastoral support and delivering an established Test of Competence Programme
  • Ongoing support for career development

The recruitment team work closely with the International Nurse Education Team to ensure that international nurses receive the best start to their career at NUH.

You can find further information below about the Supporting the Journey sessions, the HCA to Registered Nurse Programme, and useful links and resources.

My NUH journey by Marion Gajisan

Photo of Marion I started my nursing journey in 2004 as a first year nursing student in the Philippines. In 2008, I successfully completed my nursing course and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, with flying colours. Upon qualifying, I have worked in various clinical areas such as the Emergency Department, Intensive Care, the Outpatients department and a medical-surgical ward.

In 2018, overseas recruitment in the UK opened up. I grabbed this opportunity and was fortunate enough to have been shortlisted and recruited as a Staff Nurse in one of the biggest trusts in the United Kingdom, Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH).

In July 2019, I migrated to the UK and started my role as a pre-pin nurse on a ward that specialises in vascular diseases. As an overseas nurse, I was required to sit the NMC Test of Competence (ToC) to gain my UK NMC registration. With the help from the NUH Practice Education Team and with the support of my ward team, I successfully completed the NMC ToC.

When we were training for the ToC, the dedication and support provided by the education team had inspired, influenced and sparked my interest in education. In 2020, I secured a secondment as a Practice Educator for International Nurses - making my dream of helping and supporting aspiring overseas nurses during their transition to nursing in the UK.

I am now a Clinical Educator on the ward where my UK nursing career began. I am proud of my career journey and thankful for those who have helped and supported me along the way.

There are limitless career opportunities and progression at Nottingham University Hospitals. Nothing is impossible - believe that you can do it and make sure to get support when you need it.

HCA to Registered Nurse Programme

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) introduced this route to NMC registration in 2020 for international nurses working in unregistered roles. There are over 20 nurses working at the Trust who have gained NMC registration via this route. This programme continues to attract lots of interest; the programme has been aligned to the Return to Practice and International Nurse Recruitment models at the Trust. All nurses will access a bespoke Test of Competence programme alongside Return to Practice nurses.

Contact us to find out more: 

Supporting the journey sessions

These training sessions were introduced in 2020 for colleagues working alongside international nurses about how best to support international colleagues when arriving at the Trust. This training was previously recognised as best practice by NHS Employers in their International Recruitment Toolkit.

The sessions continue in 2022 for all colleagues across the Trust.