In the UK, demand for Filipino nurses inches up—Baldoz

Date Posted: February 6th, 2015 06:36 AM

Good news for Filipino nurses planning to work abroad. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said she had received a report from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in London saying there is an uptick in the demand for Filipino nurses in UK. “This after two UK-based foreign placement agencies acting on behalf of three National Health Service (NHS) Trusts submitted for verification of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) job orders for a total of 220 nurses this January 2015,” said Baldoz, quoting the report of Labor Attache Joan Lavilla. In her report, Lavilla said the nurses will be needed in the field of cardiology, critical care, cardiac surgery, cardio thoracic, coronary care and catheter lab, and theater practitioners, with annual salaries ranging from £21,478 to £27,901. The UK-based foreign placement agencies, according to Labor Attaché Joan Lourdes Lavilla, are Search Recruitment Limited and Placement Group UK Limited. She said Search Recruitment Ltd. plans to deploy 60 nurses to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS and another 60 nurses to James Paget University Hospital NHS. The manpower requirements of these two hospitals are served by its partner in the Philippines, Greenfields International Manpower Services. Placement Group UK Limited, on the other hand, will deploy 100 nurses to Barts Health NHS, whose Philippine recruitment agency partner is Alliance International Recruitment & Placement Services, Inc. “The demand for Filipino nurses is expected to continue in the following months, given that most UK employers prefer to source nurses from the Philippines,” Lavilla reported. Baldoz, noting Lavilla’s report, expressed confidence that Filipino nurses will be able to satisfy the requirements of UK employers because Filipino workers in general are not only professionally qualified, but are also hardworking, courteous to patients, flexible, and are able to communicate well in the English language. In October 2014, Labor Attaché Lavilla advised applicants to be conscious about the new application process on the registration of nurses and midwives who were educated outside of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). She said they need to obtain successful registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of UK, which includes, among others, attaining an IELTS score of 7.0 and passing the two-part competency examination composed of computer-based multiple choice examinations and the practical objective structured clinical examination. The NMC enumerates six main steps in the application process: (1) Declaration of eligibility. Applicants will need to complete an online form which will list the eligibility requirements that must be met for their chosen field of nursing or midwifery. (2) Test of competence. Once applicants have confirmed their eligibility, they will be able to sit part of the test of competence (computer-based examination) at a test center operated by an NMC-global test provider. (3) Full application. Applicants will be required to upload their documents and evidence via the online system to support their previous declaration and pay the assessment fee of £140. (4) Assessment of training and experience. To ensure that their uploaded documents are valid, applicants must make sure that the information in these documents uploaded is also contained in the detailed applicant information. (5) Test of competence. The second part of the test which is the objective-structured clinical examination (OSCE) will assess the applicant’s practical skills in a clinical setting, based on current UK standards. The examination will be completed within one day and can be taken in the UK at a UK university. Applicants will book the date of the OSCE directly with the university. The cost of this test is anywhere between £1000 and £1200. (6) Admission to the NMC register. The applicant will be requested to complete their final registration once the NMC receives a notification that the applicant has successfully completed the OSCE. The cost of overseas registration is £133. The annual fee to maintain registration is £100 per year. The NMC also requires employers to ensure that nurses and midwives are adequately supervised and supported in acquiring the specific skills and knowledge needed for the particular role to which they are recruited. Employers are responsible for ongoing development activities by providing nurses and midwives with (1) a thorough induction into their area of work; (2) appropriate levels of mentoring; (3) ongoing access to professional development; and (4) appropriate levels of training and support. “The responsibility of the employers to develop their workers while employed under this new process is also a good opportunity for our nurses and midwives to gain more experience and knowledge related to their work,” Baldoz said. Finally, she also warned applicants for nursing jobs in the UK to only deal with legitimate and licensed recruitment agencies to avoid being victimized by fake and illegal recruiters. END/charmaine/ILAB

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