The NHS Workforce Alliance can help NHS trusts respond to the NHS People Plan 2020/21 which sets out the need to increase international recruitment.

The NHS People Plan for 2020/21 sets out the importance of recruitment and outlines the need to increase international recruitment:

NHS England and NHS Improvement and HEE are working with government to increase our ethical international recruitment and build partnerships with new countries, making sure this brings benefit for the person and their country, as well as the NHS. This will include work to remove barriers to recruitment and increasing capacity for induction and support.

NHS England and NHS Improvement approved

The NHS Workforce Alliance has an existing, proven framework for the recruitment of international clinical staff. Approved by NHS England and NHS Improvement, it aligns to the recommendations set out in the long term plan, as well as the NHS People Plan.  

The alliance has supported over 41 trusts and collaborations, including Capital Nurse, to award international recruitment contracts over the past 12 months. This has led to over 1,215 clinical staff positions being successfully sourced and filled.

The framework provides an easy to use and compliant route to market. It ensures that all candidates are ethically recruited from countries that are permissible by the UK Government. It also allows for both single and collaborative recruitment contract arrangements that support the NHS People Plan recommendations, giving your organisation or cluster flexibility to contract as either a single trust or a partnership, such as an Integrated Care System (ICS). 


We are hosting a series of 3 webinars on international recruitment to help you get started.

The first online event – international recruitment: a national perspective – will take place on Thursday 1 October at 2.30pm. Find out more and book your free space. 

The other 2 webinars will take place on 22 October and 12 November. Look out for further details shortly. 

Help and support

Contact your local NHS Workforce Alliance partner to discuss how we can support you in engaging with the international recruitment market to meet your staffing needs: