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Celebrating International Nurses Day

The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day was ‘Our Nurses. Our Future. The economic power of care’ and at The Chiswick we strongly believe that international nurses are an economic power of care, which is why we are investing time and resource into encouraging overseas qualified nurses to work at the Nursing Centre.

Our ability to help recruit, engage and fund their travel to the UK, provide accommodation and settling in time and then to support them with achieving the UK PIN number, which allows them to work to and meet the UK Nursing Standards, is showing good outcomes. Many of our overseas recruits are now settled and established in the UK and working hard to support our frail, elderly residents.  They also bring a heritage and an identity that they are able to share with people and the patients they care for.

The nursing centre only works within strong ethical guidelines to ensure that our actions in recruiting and supporting these nurses to come to the UK does not cause a resultant nurse shortage in their country of origin. Most importantly, all of our overseas recruits have to evidence their ability to work within the strict UK guidelines and regulations for qualified nurses.

This week, the nursing centre celebrated International Nurses Day by recognising the strengths that all of our nurse workforce bring to the centre every day and rewarding them all with a small gift/token of our appreciation.

Centre Director, Steve Winter, said: “Our Nurse workforce are an integral and vital part of helping us to meet the complex and clinical nursing needs of our residents at The Chiswick. We have a strong recruitment programme supported by excellent HR professionals and Clinical Managers to make sure that the programme keeps working well for everyone involved.”

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