NHS FIFE has been officially recognised for providing support to their international recruits. 

For their efforts, the health service was awarded an International Recruitment Pastoral Care Quality Award from the Scottish Government to recognise their commitment to providing high-quality pastoral care to internationally recruited staff.

NHS Fife’s Director of Nursing, Janette Keenan, said: “I’m really pleased to see our team recognised for their efforts in helping our new international recruits and their families to settle into life here in Fife."

New recruits at NHS Fife are offered a comprehensive package of support from our recruitment and spiritual care teams as part of the international induction programme, including access to nursing accommodation, orientation tours, and pastoral care.

All of this is designed to ensure a smooth transition and successful integration into life in Scotland.

Recruitment from overseas has been a particular focus for NHS Fife in recent years, with the Health Board in Scotland becoming the first in Scotland to enter into a partnership with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to welcome international recruits into the workforce.

She continued: “The recruitment of staff from overseas is helping us increase the numbers of nurses and AHPs we have caring for patients here in Fife.

"Not only that, our recruits bring with them great skills, expertise and experience in new and different ways of working, which all help us improve the services we provide for patients.

“The programme has proven really successful thus far and we couldn’t have achieved that success without the wraparound support the team have provided for our new recruits in welcoming them to Fife, helping them adapt and integrate into a new and different environment.”