The Queen’s Nursing Institute has made a new short film featuring four international nurses working in the community in England.

The nurses – Ananthu Ashok from India, Katrina Capito from the Philippines, Gustav Grib from South Africa and Merin Jolly from India, all trained overseas and have all recently begun work for community nursing services in different parts of the country.

The launch of the film, on International Nurses Day, celebrates the contribution of international nurses to community nursing services in England. Filming took place in March and April in four locations – Herefordshire, Sussex, Hertfordshire, and London.

This new film is the first of its kind to show the real experience of internationally educated nurses working in the community in England today. Historically, most nurses coming to this country have worked in hospitals as a first destination, but this film shows the range of opportunities that exist in the community, and the strong support structures that are available for nurses making this transition.

In just a few minutes, the film introduces us to four international nurses who have chosen to pursue their career in the community in England. The film gives a privileged insight into their different life journeys and their aspirations for career and family. We hope these positive and uplifting stories will give a new and richer understanding of the international nursing experience to a wider audience.

The QNI would like to thank all the nurse stars who appeared in the film, the people they care for, their families and colleagues, and the healthcare trusts who supported them. The response we have received to the film so far has been overwhelming and I hope it will encourage others to consider a career in the community.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI Chief Executive

The film shows the nurses delivering care in people’s homes, in educational and clinical settings, and with friends and family in their local communities. It explores a number of significant themes for nurses who are working in a new country, including driving, housing, education, professional and personal support. It also explores the importance of autonomy in practice and delivering personalised care in the community.

The film will be shared on social media platforms and can be used by healthcare organisations to help showcase the opportunities that exist for registered nurses in community settings in their region.


The film can be viewed on the QNI Vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/825763074 and can be embedded on third party websites with an attribution to the QNI.

Watch the film on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkEJClV3JuI&t=2s

The QNI has produced a number of short edits on specific themes that can be used for social media platforms. Please contact the QNI for further information about using these.

The QNI would like to thank Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and Wye Valley NHS Trust.

The film was produced and directed for the QNI by Charlie Inman and Ben Holman.

Ananthu Ashok won the QNI’s award for International Community Nurse of the Year in 2022. The QNI encourages all community healthcare providers to nominate eligible nurses for the award. https://qni.org.uk/nursing-in-the-community/international-recruitment-to-the-community/international-community-nurse-award/

Media Contact:

Please contact Matthew Bradby, QNI Head of Communications for further information matthew.bradby@qni.org.uk .




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