Royal Surrey has welcomed its first cohort of Indian nurses to join the nursing workforce.

The five nurses, who were recruited from Kerala and Mumbai, are expected to be joined by more Indian nursing colleagues in the months to come. The arrivals from India are pictured here on the right along with six new starter nursing colleagues from the Philippines.

“We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues from India,” said International and Specialist Resourcing Manager, Amanda Brown, who has been leading the Royal Surrey’s recruitment drive in India and the Philippines. The overseas recruitment campaign is a pro-active response to a shortage of nurses across the NHS.

“The training our overseas nurses receive is similar to that in the UK. All our new arrivals have an excellent standard of written and spoken English and have passed through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS),” said Amanda.

The new nurses are currently working as Health Care Assistants. In order to attain UK, professional registration, in January they will sit their Observed Skills Clinical Element exam (OSCE), on successful completion of which they will begin work as registered, Band 5 nurses.

Nurse Shirley John said: “The Royal Surrey has been very supportive and has helped me adapt to my work place. Everyone has been very considerate. They have helped me to cope with every difficulty that I have faced and guided me through the preparation of my OSCE exam.

“Within the next six months I plan to successfully complete my OSCE exam. I also plan to upgrade my credentials so that I can provide higher level of nursing care to my patients.”

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