HCL Points to International Solution
HCL Points to International Solution to Nursing Crisis
HCL, the UKs leading health and social care agency, said today that a bigger emphasis on international recruitment and greater opportunities for nurses to enhance their earning power are the only real solutions to the UKs nursing staffing crisis, in which more than a third of the workforce is due to leave the profession in the next decade.
Government accredited Ethical Recruiter HCL, whose international division recruits nurses around the world including Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, was responding to a survey published by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) which found that around 200,000 nurses are approaching retirement age but not enough school leavers are planning to enter the profession.
HCL pointed out that there is a global shortage of nurses and to tackle it the UK must be able to provide pay and conditions comparable with other countries.
HCLs Vice Chairman Kate Bleasdale said, As a former nurse I can attest to the dedication and talent of nursing professionals but sadly a number of factors including low pay, tough working conditions and bad press means that fewer young adults are choosing nursing as a career. The pattern is not limited to the UK it is a global crisis and it requires a global solution.
There are thousands of nurses around the world who are keen to spend some time working abroad as it means they can enhance their skills and their earning power. We work with Governments of countries across the world including Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and the Middle East, to recruit and place qualified nursing staff where they are needed most.
We also run active training programmes in developing countries such as Nepal to support and improve the skills of healthcare staff on the ground.
We firmly believe that a global initiative is the only real solution to the worlds nursing crisis as it means we can move nurses at short notice to places where they are most needed, give them the opportunity to improve their skills and earning power by working internationally and, most importantly, ensure the best quality of care for patients.