Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR key to hiring new breed of managersOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today TheRoyal College of Nursing has criticised the Government’s policy of recruitingforeign staff to tackle NHS nursing shortages. The RCN’s annual congress in Harrogate also highlighted the practice in theprivate sector of poaching nurses from developing countries that are alsoexperiencing staff shortages. It has called for binding guidelines to stop thepractice. The number of foreign nurses applying to join the UK professional registerrose by more than 70 per cent last year to 29,119. Gary Theobald, HR director for the Basildon and Thurrock General HospitalsNHS Trust, said his organisation recruits from the Philippines, where there isa surplus of nurses. “It is a short-term measure. We have long-term plans in place to helpus grow our own, but they are not there at the moment and we do need to recruitfrom overseas. “We don’t see it in such emotive terms as poaching. It is part of theeconomic strategy of the Philippines that they train more staff than they need,knowing they will come over here and send money back. They also provide a freshperspective. We can learn from them and, at the same time, they can learn fromus.” Theobald said his trust has introduced nurse cadet and clinical supportworker schemes, which would enable staff to train to qualify as nurses. www.rcn.org.uk Related posts:No related photos.