Previous Article Next Article NHS taskforce to tap into refugee talentOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today A taskforce is being launched charged with recruiting experienced refugeenurses to plug the NHS skills gap. It aims to make it easier for the thousands of professionally qualifiednurses living in the UK as refugees to work, rather than recruiting staff fromoverseas. “Employers continue to find it hard to recruit nurses throughout the UKand yet there are many refugee nurses who are finding it impossibly difficultto get back into work,” says Patrick Wintour, director of theEmployability Forum. Guy Young, deputy director of nursing at Homerton Hospital NHS Trust, agreedthere is a real need for the taskforce. “We are aware there are trained, experienced nurses in Hackney [London]who are sitting at home doing nothing,” he says. “We see that as awasted resource and talent. The skills they could bring to our department couldbe immense.” Young said the hospital has been filling posts with expensive agency staffbecause there are not enough experienced nurses available. “There are gaps at senior levels,” he said, “and there arepeople out there, such as refugee nurses, who have a wealth of experience andhave held senior posts.” Refugee nurses have a valuable role to play in treating ethnic minoritiesand overcoming language barriers, he added. www.employabilityforum.co.ukThe taskforce’s priorities– Provision of information about refugee nurses to employers– Development and delivery of clear information to the nurses– To overhaul the confusing, time-consuming recognition processand create a clear pathway for refugee nurses– Make processes more transparent, fair and effective– Raise awareness of how refugee nurses can help the NHS Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.