International nurses. Your career. Our commitment.
We want you to have a happy, healthy future in the NHS and be able to access the support, development and opportunities you need to grow your career and achieve your personal ambitions.
The NHS is made up of many nations. We are proud that our workforce is extremely diverse – just like our patients. The NHS has always benefited from nurses coming from other countries to live and work in England. Internationally recruited nurses are an important part of our NHS workforce and your work is vital in ensuring we can continue to deliver world-class health and care.
On this page you will find links to a range of resources and support to help you plan your next career steps.You can also hear from six internationally recruited NHS nurses at different stages of their career. We invite you to discover their stories, learn about how the NHS has supported them to achieve their ambitions and explore the resources available to progress your own career.
Like all our NHS people, our internationally recruited nurses should feel valued. You should have the opportunity to access support, development and opportunities to help you achieve your individual ambitions in the workplace.
- Options for finding the balance between work and what matters most to you
- NHS options for better work life balance
- NHS England’s Flexible working: toolkit for individuals
- NHS Business Services Authority Pension Scheme Information Hub
- Local Trust Cycle to work scheme
- Discounts for NHS staff via the Blue Light Card
- Health and wellbeing programmes offered by NHS England
- Live Well – NHS advice on healthy living, including eating a balanced diet, healthy weight, exercise, quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol
- Health & Wellbeing coaching support for NHS staff from Black and Ethnic Minority groups
The health, wellbeing and professional support of our entire workforce is a top priority for the NHS. The resources below include information on staff networks, diaspora groups, health and wellbeing support and the importance of having a voice.
- National NHS diaspora groups with contact details
- Safety, health and wellbeing support for our NHS people
- Why it’s so important NHS people staff have a voice
Staff networks offer a place for staff to come together, share experiences and facilitate learning and development - check out your organisation’s intranet pages for information on staff networks in your organisation.
We know how important your career is to you – we’re here to support you to realise your full potential in the NHS.
These resources will highlight the career options available to you in the NHS, and also help you access the extensive support available.
- NHS Leadership Academy courses and other resources to support professional development
- How to build a career and the support available
- Career progression tips for nurses from the Royal College of Nursing
- Understanding nursing career pathways – information from Kent Community Health NHS
- Identifying transferable skills that could be useful in your NHS Health career
- How to complete an NHS application form – information from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Advice and tips for career planning
- Royal College of Nursing – three different career pathways for Nursing Support Workers
- Review and career conversation – framework and guides from NHS Leadership Academy
- Health Education England Skills for life – functional skills
- Why BAME Nurses Need Specialist Career Guidance (nurses.co.uk article)
- Job Interview Help For BAME Nurses (nurses.co.uk article)
- Application Writing Tips For BAME Nurses (nurses.co.uk article)
- Presentation Skills: Preparing To Face The Panel (nurses.co.uk article)
- How To Decide Between Clinical, Operational Or Leadership Career Pathways (nurses.co.uk article)
- NHS Leadership Academy Healthcare Leadership Model to help you become a better leader in your day-to-day role
- NHS Leadership Academy Talent Management Hub
- NHS Leadership Academy Coaching and mentoring support
- Training and development opportunities in different nursing roles
‘As the first Filipino Nurse Adviser at NHS England, I hope I will inspire others."
Jeni’s NHS career started 23 years ago. Listen to her story.
"‘I’m proud of my 18-year career in the NHS. I’m still progressing."
Mayumi is a ward manager at neuro specialist hospital in London. Listen to her story.
"It’s a very supportive team. Everybody’s opinion counts."
Ifeoluwa has worked in the NHS for seven years. Listen to her story.
"I’ve been in the NHS for over six years now. I am expanding my skillset into leadership roles."
Eduardo is a clinical nurse specialist. Listen to his story.
"For me, career progression is really important, as it will bring personal fulfilment.’"
Thomas is a trainee practice nurse. Listen to his story
"I have a good career, my voice matters."
Monica is a registered mental health nurse from Mumbai. Listen to her story.