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Indians help NHS tide over resource crunch

Following NHS' demand to import nurses from countries like India, 8 Indian nurses have been sent to UK, reports Nabanita Sircar.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 12:32 IST
Nabanita Sircar
Nabanita Sircar

As the demand in NHS hospitals to import nurses from countries like India continues, eight Indian nurses will start work at the Derwent Centre in Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital following a recruitment drive in Bangalore last year.

They are among the first overseas nurses to work in the UK under a new agreement between the Indian Government and the Department of Health. The group will join the North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. A surplus of doctors and nurses from the subcontinent has solved the problem of recruitment and retention among healthcare professionals in the UK.

Derwent Centre service manager Dean Pinnock went to India to interview potential candidates. He said: "We were impressed by the quality of candidates and are confident that they will be an invaluable and experienced asset."

The nurses are being recruited as D-grades, with the option of being promoted to E-grade by the fast-track in-house training programme. The Trust is also working with local universities and the Workforce Development Corporation to create an adaptation programme that will ensure that oversees employees have the necessary skills and competencies needed to practise as registered nurses in the UK.

First Published: Dec 25, 2003 21:33 IST