Like NHS hospitals, Mildmay needs to look abroad to recruit nurses.
Mildmay Mission Hospital faces the same recruitment challenges as hospitals within the NHS, and so we are recruiting doctors and nurses from abroad. To help welcome new arrivals and begin to adapt to life in the UK, we have produced a new guidance booklet that covers issues like how to get a National Insurance Number, how to register with a GP and how to set up a bank account. It also goes into detail about what to expect at Mildmay; training programmes, useful contacts and a bit about the history of Mildmay.
It must be daunting to not only move to a new country but to start working immediately. We have tried to make the process as painless as we can by sourcing suitable accommodation and providing a package of useful items to help people settle in as easily as possible. This booklet is, we hope, a useful addition to that package.
Analysis suggests that there will be a shortfall of almost 40,000 nurses in England by 2023-24 even if the government hits its target of securing 50,000 more nurses by that year. Royal College of Nursing director for England, Patricia Marquis, said: “These projections show the apocalyptic impact inactivity from ministers could have on the NHS in England – a potential shortfall of 140,000 nurses would be devastating for patient care.
Ms Marquis pointed to the latest data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council which showed almost 20,000 nurses left the register in England during the past year and urged ministers to “heed the warnings in these projections and act decisively with a fully funded health and care workforce strategy”.