Nursing Live: Recognising International Nurses

Nursing Live will highlight the incredible contribution internationally recruited nurses make to UK’s nursing profession

Nursing Live, RCNi’s new free event for all nursing staff taking place in Liverpool this November, is set to recognise the significant role that internationally recruited nurses (IRNs)  play across the entire nursing profession.

As well as warmly welcoming colleagues from many different nations and territories when it opens its doors, Nursing Live will also be hosting several discussion panels focussing on specific internationally recruited nurse (IRN) challenges.

This includes issues such as improving integration; the need to recognise and celebrate the  value of international nurses more widely; and barriers to IRN career progression.

Industry leaders set to debate these and other IRN topics will include:

  • Louie Horne, Deputy ADON and EMBRACE Network Chair, and NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Clinical Research Fellow
  • Suresh Packiam from the Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust,  Founder of British Indian Nurse Association, and EDI Chair for the  Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Care Group.
  • Jeni Caguioa, Head of Global for the Florence Nightingale Foundation
  • Dr Manju Pallam, senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Chief Nursing Officer’s BME strategic advisory co-lead for the north west
  • Carol Cooper, Chief Executive Officer at Global Talent Compass
Louie Horne, Deputy ADON and EMBRACE Network Chair, and NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Clinical Research Fellow Suresh Packiam from the Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust,  Founder of British Indian Nurse Association, and EDI Chair for the  Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Care Group Jeni Caguioa, Head of Global for the Florence Nightingale Foundation
Louie Horne Suresh Packiam Jeni Caguioa
Dr Manju Pallam, senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Chief Nursing Officer’s BME strategic advisory co-lead for the north west Louie Horne, Deputy ADON and EMBRACE Network Chair, and NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Clinical Research Fellow Joanne Bosanquet MBE, Chief Executive of The Foundation Of Nursing Studies
Dr Manju Pallam Rohit Sagoo Joanne Bosanquet MBE


In addition, there will be contributions from Children’s Nurse Rohit Sagoo, Founder of British Sikh Nurses, and a member of Nursing Live’s advisory board.

Commenting on the significant value, and the positive impact, which international staff bring to the UK’s nursing sector, he said:

“We are a global profession, both in terms of the NHS and beyond. Within this country, we also have internationally educated nurses that bring a wealth of knowledge. By working together with international colleagues, we can enhance our practice with innovation, creativity and transferable skills from many different cultures and perspectives.”

Another member of the Nursing Live advisory board, Joanne Bosanquet MBE, Chief Executive of The Foundation Of Nursing Studies, has highlighted how all nurses should feel part of an international community, with shared values and objectives. She said:

“Being part of a global team of over 27 million nursing professionals and midwives, I am inspired every day by the difference we can make. We advocate for communities and individuals, and we address inequalities. We also play a vital role in all 17 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, including working towards universal health care, and recruiting and retaining the current, and future, health and care workforce.  Our collective global voice is louder than anyone else’s, so what are we waiting for?”

The key role which international nurses play in our health service will also be in the spotlight at the RCN’s Nursing Awards ceremony, which is running alongside Nursing Live, on Friday November 10th at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. 

One of the finalists is the British Indian Nurses Association whose work has helped to boost promotion prospects, and offer pastoral support, to internationally educated nurses. Another  finalist is a King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Hospital project aimed at tackling barriers faced by international nurses wanting to work in the UK which has helped the creation of a new IRN recruitment pathway. 

For more details on Nursing Live, and all the sessions focused on internationally recruited nurses, visit the Nursing Live website.


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Nursing Live
10-11 November
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, ACC Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP


Enjoy two days of high-quality professional development, peer-to-peer collaboration, and activities focusing on well-being at Nursing Live.

Book your free tickets and be a part of this exciting event, designed especially for nurses.