UK firm pilots ethical hiring of nurses from the Philippines

PHILIPPINES: Filipino nurses looking to move overseas can now be more transparent with their current employers, through an innovative process developed by a UK recruitment firm.

The scheme has been named the Resource Finder Medical Recruitment (UK), and is a collaboration between St Luke’s Medical Center in the Philippines.

Recently, the first batch of Filipino nurses arrived in the UK as part of the programme that aims to ethically recruit nurses from developing countries.

Participants undergo training and complete the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council’s requirements, while working at St Luke’s for a minimum of 18 months. This strategy enables the hospital to plan an effective workflow while also preparing the local nurses for a smooth entry into the UK healthcare system.

"This is a way of doing it that is less disruptive to the healthcare system in the Philippines," Robert Fuller, managing director of Resource Finder, said.

“Around 70% of Filipino nurses have an aspiration to work overseas, and the UK is a real hotspot. So, healthcare providers accept that their nurses will leave to work in the UK or elsewhere, but they (often) don’t know when it’s going to happen and they can be left with four weeks’ notice maximum, and no chance to fill the subsequent gaps in their workforce,” he added.

HR business partner at Hull University Teaching Hospitals, Sarah Addleshaw, said the Philippines was a source destination for many NHS trusts to recruit nurses from.

“That’s why it was really important for us to ensure that, if we were to recruit nurses from the Philippines, ethical recruitment practices were followed,” she said.

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