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Aussie and Kiwi nurses wanted to work in the UK

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 16-01-2014

HCL UK nursing team manager Elizabeth Kennedy

Australian and New Zealand nurses wanting to work abroad are finding agency and permanent positions in the United Kingdom.

One of the UK’s largest specialist healthcare recruitment providers, Healthcare Locums Plc (HCL), has revealed the professional skills and personal attributes of Australian and New Zealand nurses are in high demand in the UK.

HCL UK nursing team manager Elizabeth Kennedy said nurses from Australia and New Zealand are recognised as “potential, fantastic additions to any team”.

“There is always ample opportunity for Australian and New Zealand nurses in the UK to work in both agency and permanent capacities,” she said.

“The training, working practices and general knowledge possessed by Australian

and New Zealand nurses are seen to be in line with UK workings, and we relish the opportunity to work with such individuals.

“Skills aside, it’s the ethos and personality possessed by most Australian and New Zealand nurses that are welcomed in the UK.

“They are able, dedicated and willing to learn…we would love more Australian and New Zealand nurses to take the trip, to experience all the UK has to offer.”

HCL places nurses, doctors and allied health professionals on a permanent and temporary basis within the public and private health sectors across the UK and is the parent company of Australian healthcare recruitment provider Healthcare Australia (HCA).

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics recently revealed a dramatic rise in the number of Australian nurses and midwives venturing overseas for work – up almost 400 per cent in five years.

Ms Kennedy said nurses working abroad in the UK either have UK ancestry, hold two-year holiday visas or they require a tier two visa.

“Like overseas nurses wanting to work in Australia or New Zealand, Australian and New Zealand nurses are required to complete an Overseas Nursing Program as part of the UK registration process, so they can work legally in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK,” she said.

“This process can take up to six months. This is something which Healthcare Australia and HCL consultants are well versed in.

“The beauty of having offices in both Australia and the UK means that both counterparts can meet with those looking to move to the UK as well as greet those on arrival.”

Ms Kennedy said there were numerous nursing opportunities available throughout the UK, from “board to ward”.

“Whilst we tend to focus on the more acute skill sets, we can place nurses into general surgical posts,” she said.

“The majority of Australian and New Zealand nurses tend to be of a certain ilk; most working in the critical care, paediatrics, oncology or theatre fields.

“Most are looking for work in London, due to the nature of working in a vibrant, exciting city, combined with its easy transport links to Europe.”

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