Why NHS’s reliance on overseas nurses will last for years to come

Nurses recruited internationally are a mainstay of the NHS – and that is not about to change

Foreign nurses – whether from the EU or beyond – are a mainstay of UK healthcare and that’s not about to change, whatever anyone says

One of the tipped candidates for the NHS England chief executive job vacancy reportedly ‘vowed’ to end the NHS's reliance on foreign nurses .

She did not make the interview shortlist, but the question lingers.

Does it make sense to suggest that the NHS could become self-sufficient in nurse staffing?

UK healthcare depends on attracting an international nurse workforce

The most useful data on the profile of international nurses in the UK is from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


    Want to read more?

    Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

    Save over 50% on your first three months:

    • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
    • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
    • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
    • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
    • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

    This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?