The UK's National Health Service (NHS) Trust, which operates the York and Scarborough Hospitals, is set to recruit over a hundred healthcare professionals from India to address the staff shortage.
A report by the Scarborough News revealed that the York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust made offers to 107 medical staff, including 97 registered nurses and ten allied health professionals, following a recruitment expedition to Kerala.
The trust has begun the bidding process for NHS England funding to support international nursing recruitment between April-November 2023. The trust further informed its board of directors that the "work is underway to process applications and support candidates with their English to enable cohorts to be drafted so we can plan commencement dates across 2023/24".
According to a media report, the vacancy rate for healthcare support workers in adult inpatient areas was at 11.5 per cent and for registered nurses in adult inpatient areas in January this year was at 14.5 per cent. The trust then informed the board that the vacancy rate in adult inpatient wards dropped to 7.6 per cent after international nurses joined.