NHS recruitment overseas

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6343
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Has the London Health Board made any assessment of the amount of money London NHS organisations spend advertising and securing recruitment of staff from outside the United Kingdom?

Answer

NHS recruitment overseas

NHS recruitment overseas

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Overseas workers are and have always been an essential part of the NHS and are essential to delivering London’s health and care services.  London needs an immigration system that works to secure the best talent from all over the world and that supports world class services. I am clear that London is open.

The London Health Board has not assessed the London NHS spend on overseas recruitment. This is currently a matter for individual NHS trusts. A national NHS workforce implementation plan, to accompany the NHS Long-Term Plan published in January, is expected soon and the London Workforce Board will be leading the development of London-wide approaches to recruiting and retaining the healthcare workforce Londoners need.