Joining the NHS from overseas: support for newly registered nurses


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Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.

But when that role is also in a new country it can add further complexity and apprehension.

There are 92,260 nursing staff from overseas on the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

Just like newly qualified nurses, this group need support too. What kind of support do they find most beneficial? And what advice would overseas nurses give to those new to the UK?

Michele Mtandabari, head of nursing for workforce and education at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, talks about the support her trust offers to newly-joined overseas nurses.

While Selwyn Semple, who registered as a UK nurse in March 2021 following 10 years of nursing practice in Guyana, offers his top tips on settling in.

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