The NHS is heavily supported by a skilled, international workforce, who have made a significant contribution to the care of patients. Did you know that for the first time this year, more international doctors registered with the GMC than British and EU doctors? International recruitment is essential to keep the NHS workforce supply and demand in balance; our mission at BDI Resourcing.
In previous years, many NHS Trusts have tried their own recruitment methods which involved flying HR Managers and lead Clinicians out to various countries across the world to interview and secure doctors. However, this is time consuming, costly and also rarely successful. Most doctors will simply not be in a position to apply for a GMC licence in the UK as they will not have passed their Royal College examinations, or will be waiting to pass an English language qualification. This traditionally would lead to potential delays of 12 -18 months for a doctor even be in a position to work in the UK, lots of conditional offer letters being sent out, blocking up positions within departments with no realistic timescale as to when they may be able to start.
We therefore believe in the power of online recruitment of doctors who want to live in the UK, regardless of what country they are from. It’s faster, more convenient and delivers doctors in a timely fashion to overstretched departments.
We would like to emphasise the importance of ethical recruitment. If you are recruiting outside of the EEA, you must adhere to the World Health Organisation’s Code of Practice and the NHS Employers Code of Conduct.
BDI Resourcing is part of the NHS’ Procurement in Partnership Framework. This allows us to directly supply doctors to all NHS Trusts. BDI Resourcing do not actively recruit from any country in particular. The doctors we supply to hospitals are a result of them directly contacting us via social media in response to the promotion of our partner NHS Trusts or directly to access our free guidance about all things in relation to relocation to the UK.
You can find us listed on the NHS’ PiP Recruitment Agency list here.
Recruiting online allows us to connect with quality doctors with the correct qualifications required to work in the UK. Social media is an essential forum for an international doctor who wants to work in the UK. They can connect with other IMGs, receive free information, feedback on hospitals and advice on personal issues. According to GlobalWedIndex, the average internet user has more than 5 social media accounts. At BDI Resourcing, we have a number of social media strategies to reach out to a global audience of healthcare talent.
Each recruitment agency will develop their own social media strategy; however, below are the reasons for our success:
If you are an NHS hospital who has decided that you would like our support in helping you speak with international doctors eligible to work in the UK, contact us at [email protected] for further information.
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