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lot has been happening over the past 3 months …
We wanted to keep you up-to-date with the markets activity within the
Nursing recruitment sector to help you make the right choices for your
Anniversary & Office Move!
Top Row: Rose Bray , Jo
Staley, Michelle Hicks, Angela Rowe Middle Row:
Jane Hurst, Marilyn Forrester, Laura Turner, Shina Parekh, Ellen Bick Front Row: Julie
Connors, Denise Jan, Rosemarie Carn
Recruitment will be celebrating its 20th anniversary
it was first established in 1995 as a small independent company through
to its fully fledge state as a sustainable medium sized business;
‘Search’ has always maintained a great work ethic sourcing and
recruiting candidates for corporate business’ and public healthcare
services. Proof is in the pudding with its year on year growth 20 years
down the line.
Since 1995 ‘Search’ has seen some significant changes to the
development of the business structure. The past year
has been extremely rewarding and we acknowledge this is not only down
to the successful nature of the business, but also the hard work of the
‘Search’ team managing the workload effectively.
We have found recruiting Nurses from the EU and Internationally has
seen a substantial increase within the last 18months. The majority
of Trust’s, which initially wanted to go to Spain for newly graduate
Nurses, to help elevate immediate staffing levels, have more
recently resorted to go further afield to India and the Philippines for
a more long term solution that will give higher retention rates and
experienced Nurses. We work closely with our
to coach our Nurses through their IELTS and CBT and have already
got Nurses awaiting instruction from the NMC to come and do their OCSE.
This influx has dramatically boosted business, therefore ‘Search’ has
taken this opportunity to appoint some new faces to the Search
Recruitment family. ‘Search’ prides it’s self on being
committed to proving that we can offer the best International and
European recruitment solution. With this in
mind our recent expansion to the ‘search’ team will enable us to
continue to manage all projects at a high level, ensuring all stages of
the recruitment process are managed effectively, carefully and within
specified time scales. Our most
recent members include Julie Connors, Angela Rowe, Rose Bray and Ellen
Bick, all with strong administration and customer
service backgrounds who are keen and eager to get stuck into new and
exciting projects. Our new additions have led the ‘Search Medical’
division to move to offices that are more accommodating and substantial
for as and when the business develops, ensuring our clients are always
receiving the best service possible.
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Recruit for The NHS! April-
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Nurses to Recruit Internationally: Burton Hospitals - Philippines
London North West Healthcare – India
Bedford Hospital –India
James Paget University Hospital – Philippines
London North West Healthcare – Philippines
Queen Elizabeth, Kings Lynn –India
90 Nurses to Recruit in Europe: Queen Elizabeth, Kings Lynn –Spain
Bedford Hospital – Spain
York Teaching – Spain
Hospital Recruits 25 Spanish Nurses
recruited for Bedford Hospital NHS Trust - Spain – March 2015
As a new employee, this was my first tour with Search Recruitment and I
couldn’t have asked for it to go any better than it did, we were very
successful in recruiting 25 out of 26 Nurses that were interviewed for
Paul and Jackie from Bedford Hospital were not only great on the
interview days, they were also fabulous company for the evenings when
we could relax and see the sights of Madrid.
One of the candidates that stood out to me was Gulliermo Ramirez
Vargas, not only had he travelled 8 hours to arrive at the interview,
he had also spent the night in A&E due to a severe headache and
sickness, yet he still managed to come along for his interview with
Bedford without sleeping for a whole 24 hours.
When he went in for his actual interview the whole room was nervous for
him, knowing how much he had been through and how he had discharged
himself from A&E as he was determined to attend. I will never
forget the smile on his face when he walked through the room as an
accepted nurse for the trust, both he and his friends had all been
accepted and there were tears of joy to say the least! (See the photo
of the group of friends and Gulliermo)
made by the Trust: The Trust were very pleased with the
amount of outstanding nurses they interviewed, a lot of praise given,
they were particularly very impressed with the screening Search
Recruitment had done.
Recruited for Frimley Park and Wexham Park Health Care Trust Details of
Philippines -February 2015
Myself, Jane and 5 clients from Frimley & Wexham Park Hospital went
to the Philippines in February to interview 100+ Nurses. Everything ran
smoothly and the trust were successful in offering 19 Paediatric Nurses
on top of the 109 Medical- Surgical Nurses offered.
One candidate that stood out far more than the rest was’ Kaypee Dan
Palos’. He had been working a 12 hour night shift and went straight to
catch a 4 hour plane flight then sat waiting another 6 hours to hear if
he had been offered as the Trust had short listed him. His face had a
massive smile from ear to ear when he was told he had been successful.
On the rest days we took the clients to see the oldest church in Manila
and Fort Santiago which they loved, as well as the sunset by the
water’s edge overlooking the manila bay was breath taking.
The clients could not stop thanking Jane and I; they loved every second
of the interviewing process and being entertained, especially the
singing chiefs and waiters restaurant! We both felt it was a great
tour, clients, agents and most of all the candidates were amazing.
Immigration Rules for Overseas recruitment...
The new OSCE
programme for international applicants now takes an average of 31 weeks
to a maximum of 49 weeks providing the candidate passes the OSCE test.
If the candidate needs to re-sit the test, the average is 41 weeks and
a maximum of 65 weeks. Even if they have to re-sit the test, the
timescales are still dramatically reduced. The old ONP took an average
of 102 weeks for an application to register to a maximum of 174 Weeks. The NMC has
reviewed the on-line CBT test the individual takes in their home
made some adjustments. They have also increased its
communications activities around the new process and the need for
preparation. Since the test was launched last October, the NMC has
seen pass rates rise significantly from a very low percentage in the
first two months to around 80 per cent. There will be
continued monitoring of this to ensure it remains fit for
new immigration rules were published on the 19th March,
and are effective immediately. After significant
discussions with the Home Office, these now include the ability for you
qualified nurse, who has passed the first part of the NMC
process as an healthcare assistant (HCA) for up to three months
while they prepare to sit the observed structured clinical examination
(OSCE) – the second part of the process. If the
person passes, they will receive NMC registration with immediate effect
and you will be able to employ the candidate as a registered nurse.
If the individual fails, they have the ability to remain in the UK and
apply to re-sit the OSCE. They can continue in the HCA role for this
period and work on the areas of development identified. If they
fail the re-sit, they will need to leave the UK with immediate effect
as they no longer have the right to work. The re-sit needs to take
place less than 8 months from the date the individual entered the UK.
As yet, no-one has applied to sit the OSCE, so we do not have any
intelligence to share, however we will be looking at this with the NMC
over the coming months as we expect to see individuals going through
Indian Nurses Recruited by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust...
Shina and I
escorted 6 ladies from the trust who travelled from Manchester
Airport to meet us at Cochin Airport. Our objective was to recruit experienced
nurses to work at 3 hospital sites in Mid Yorkshire.
We stayed in a comfortable hotel in the city and arrived in warm
pleasant weather. The 3 ladies couldn’t wait to take a Tuk Tuk
and explore the city, as they wanted to make full use of all their
time in Cochin’s historic and colourful city.
assisted by our agents in India, with a helpful and well organised
team who kept us very busy with a full quota of nurses for each day
of the interviews. We recruited 89 nurses with a wide spectrum of
clinical skills and experience, which we hope will prove a great
boost to the resources at the hospitals.
The nurses chosen were all thrilled to be given the opportunity to
learn, develop skills and enhance their careers, as well as the new
challenges of a job and life here in the UK.
Comments made by
Helen from the Trust was inspired by quality of candidates and humbled
at the efforts undertaken just to attend the interviews. Travelling
long distances on buses and trains – often overnight and alone to get
the chance to work at their Trust. They found the experience helpful to
be able to assist the nurses coming over to the UK, at the same time
giving them insight into their culture and the environment they have
been working in. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would love
Spanish Nurses Recruited for Bradford Teaching Hospitals (Spain - Feb
candidates were all of an exceptionally high standard. A quieter
tour than normal but went very smoothly and was well organised. Jose
and his partner Sandra stood out the most as they were so engaging
and excited about starting their new life together.
As the interviews finished we headed into Madrid for a walk around
the city and stopped for dinner at a lovely little tapas restaurant.
The ladies particularly enjoyed their evening in San Anton at the
famous rooftop restaurant that sits above a colourful market buzzing
with fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood.
by the Trust: The trust were very happy with the
nurses they recruited and thoroughly enjoyed their time both working
If you wish to
explore your recruitment options, we would love to hear from you. Our
experienced consultants will guide you every step of the way.
Due to high
demand we are now taking tour bookings for June-July onwards. Get your Nurses in
before the winter measures and be the first to place your order to
secure your recruitment drive! European Nurses can be working in the UK within 4
weeks after interview. International Nurses can be in
the UK within an average of 31 weeks.
Elizabeth King's Lynn NHS Trust Recruits 30 Spanish Nurses...
The tour went
extremely well and ran very smoothly. It was a pleasure to get to work
with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital again. The Trust were very impressed
by the calibre of nurses put forward and recruited 30 nurses!
There were some outstanding nurses recruited which radiated
enthusiasm and excitement, they were all filled with so much
determination and passion. One of those candidates was Francisco and
his partner Manuela, and Jose Perez Sanchez and his partner Ma Carmen
who shone. It was a joy to meet all the nurses, I was blown away by
their eagerness and can do attitude despite the nerves.
In the evenings we relaxed and went into Madrid City centre for a meal
and enjoyed a lovely buffet restaurant opposite the hotel serving of
variety of authentic Spanish food.
Elizabeth King's Lynn NHS Trust Recruits 65 Filipino Nurses...
started with an Emirates flight from Gatwick via Dubai to Manila. After
a long journey we were all relieved to have a good night’s sleep in our
lovely hotel overlooking Manila Bay.
day of interviews started with the candidates
completing their pre-interview tests and drug calculations. The Trust
members were organised into 2 interview rooms. Each panel consisting of
2 Trust members, some of whom were themselves Filipino and had moved to
the UK 15 years ago to join hospitals here.
After 3 days
of interviews we had successfully exceeded our target and
recruited 65 nurses. During this process we had heard numerous accounts
of nurses performing exceptionally in very challenging conditions with
some scenarios that made it difficult not to become emotionally
On our day of
rest we took a trip to the Taal volcano which included
lunch watching a cultural show of traditional Filipino dancers. In the
evening we watched the sunset over Manila Bay before we all retired to
bed in preparation for the long journey home.
The tour was a great
success and I feel sure that the nurses recruited
will fit in well in their new surroundings at Kings Lynn and will enjoy
a warm welcome from the Filipino nurses already established at the
Denise Jan –
From a very young age I had a desire to be a nurse, my mum was a
nurse and I was always interested in her telling me about her job and
stories. My first career was actually a PA in a solicitors
office but nursing was always at the back of my mind and one day it
struck me that no matter how far I got in my career, I would never
forgive myself if I didn’t follow my dream into becoming a nurse.
I started as
an Auxiliary Nurse at a young age and cared for acute elderly patients, it was not
that long before I studied and completed my Nursing Degree, and within
a few years I needed the drive and thrust that A&E had to offer. I
soon realised that I loved the fast pace, having to think fast and the
great variety that A&E brings, I am a very ambitious person who
likes a challenge and achieved a lot within my career that I am very
proud of. Sadly it all had to come to an end after 18.5 years in
service due to severe arthritis. At that time
I felt quite low and needed a new challenge that would give me
satisfaction and where I could transfer some of my
skills that I had acquired over the years. It was at the right
place at the right time that I was offered a very interesting role with
Search Medical Recruitment which I immediately jumped at the
opportunity and started in May 2014 as a consulting nurse; my first
impression was “wow I am so lucky to be given this great opportunity to
help other Nurses reach their goals and passion on their Nursing
my role I medically screen all overseas nurses on their nursing
ability, experience, personality and English language. I
also meet the candidates whilst on tour and they are screened again by
other members of Search, I use my medical background to identify qualities,
empathy, mannerisms, communication skills and their passion in Nursing. I see myself
as fair and understanding but I am also very strict with the screening
process as these nurses could be caring and looking
after me or one of my loved ones. So it is very important to recruit
the right person for the right role.
I have recruited nurses from the Philippines and Spain many
times. The main differences are that the tours in Spain are on a
smaller scale in terms of numbers of nurses that we recruit. In the
Philippines we tend to recruit higher volumes of nurses that are highly
skilled and experienced. In Spain, as the nurses are usually newly
qualified, we can get them to the UK on a much quicker turnaround than
the nurses we recruit in the Philippines. This is due to immigration
rules and regulations. I can say
without a doubt, that each and every nurse that I have recruited in
both Spain and the Philippines have all been outstanding and an
absolute pleasure to have met. After hearing their stories, their
dreams and more importantly their absolute passion and dedication in
doing what they do, I as an experienced nurse have found this truly
Paget Recruit 60 Filipino Nurses...
long-haul flight via Dubai we arrived in the Philippines in the late
afternoon and watched the bustling city come to life through the
windows of the taxi as we were escorted to the hotel.
We scheduled two days of interviews with a target of recruiting 60
General Medical/ Surgical Nurses which was easily accomplished.
The Filipino candidates were exceptional and had an excellent
level of English, of which all were offered positions at the Trust.
Interviews ran from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening with an
hour lunch break by the poolside with plenty of tea and coffee supplied
throughout the day.
candidate that stood out travelled 14 hours on a boat to attend the
interview who was over whelmed when he was offered, another candidate
Christle Cupienda' showed such enthusiasm and
demonstrated outstanding nursing skills that the Trust reps said it
was one of the best interview she had done.
completing the interviews and achieving the numbers required, the Trust
and the ‘Search’ team spent the day relaxing by the pool and visiting a
local shopping centre, finishing off the tour with a fantastic firework
display overlooking the bay area whilst having dinner. A great end to
Personal Comments: The tour was a great success.
We all made the most of the opportunity, eating at recommended
restaurants and visiting historical and cultural sights. The Trust were
delighted with the results and were already planning their next trip
back to the Philippines!
CODE FOR NURSES
Code for nurses and midwives becomes effective on 31 March 2015. The
Code will be central to revalidation. Nurses and midwives will need
to revalidate every three years in order to remain on the NMC
register. From October 2015 you will need to look closely at the
revalidation requirements and start developing your portfolio. The
NMC will be publishing a range of guides to help you do that.
Lives... We're delighted to be apart of a wonderful project in
transforming lives! Last year alone we changed the lives
of 1,041 Nurses.
It been a great journey so far .. trying to fit in and learn and
catch up and all that..but all in all a wonderful experience.. and
you have been very instrumental in helping us achieve it and a big
thank you to you for that. I have been posted in the A&E, and in
spite of the department being perpetually busy, its a really
wonderful place and everyone is friendly and helpful- which in itself
is a big boost.
I want to thank you very much the help given to us to get an
interview to work in the UK and to get the opportunity to work
I also thank the treatment received and the kindness you have had
with us at all times.
Thank you very much and best regards!
Isaac Real - Spanish Nurse
I would like to formally thank you for all your support and kind
deeds extended to me,on this concluding phase of my joining
procedures in one of the most renowned hospitals in the UK,which I
reckon as a new personal milestone and the most valuable opportunity
in my career.
I hereby notify my sincere gratitude and highly appreciate your
consideration and support extended to me right from the start-up of
the interview process through to my arrivals in the UK,thereby
providing me with this valuable venture. I am thankful to all your
swift responses which you have offered and wish you all the very best
in your future endeavours as well. Keep up the good work.
Thanking you for your time and consideration
Anna - Filipino Nurse
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We've been working with over 100
Trusts to make the recruitment budget go further. The last 12
months have been busy. Our statistics show we have saved on average
£1,100 for our Trust partners.