The Queen’s Nursing Institute is working with NHS England and Improvement to support the recruitment of Internationally Educated Nurses to community services providers.

A key aim of the project is to understand the barriers and enablers to the international recruitment of Registered Nurses to community provider organisations. It is anticipated that this work will support the organisations participating in the NHS International Recruitment pilot scheme.

We also aim to provide useful information for international nurses already working in the community in England as well as those who might be considering a move to England, through:

  • A Community of Practice with workforce leads in community providers who are planning to recruit internationally.
  • Development of a collection of Case Studies focussed on International Nurses working in Community organisations.

International recruitment to community provider organisations will be mapped in this way to demonstrate any regional patterns and variations. The Case Studies will focus on the successful stories of recruiting international nurses to work in community settings, lessons learned and an exploration of what has worked well in order to replicate, spread and share the learning, utilising a Quality Improvement approach.

  • Work with NHS Employers to produce an addendum to the International Recruitment toolkit.

The QNI will work with NHS Employers to develop examples specific to the needs of community service providers.

  • Support for the six pilot organisations

It is anticipated that the six pilot organisations will be part of the community of practice and will share their learning, overcoming barriers to recruitment and retention, local evaluation and impact.

Research and Data

Facts and figures about international recruitment in nursing from The Health Foundation:

NHS overseas recruitment report from the Nuffield Trust (2021):


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