North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust had a high nurse vacancy rate and had been unable to make reductions in this, despite investment in recruitment activity locally.

North Bristol heard that Yeovil Hospital had been successful supporting other organisations to recruit internationally. Staff from the international recruitment team at Yeovil met with North Bristol’s team to understand their challenges and requirements for international recruitment. Yeovil led on all aspects of the recruitment process from interview to arrival (including English tests, CBT, NMC registration and visa support), completed the employment checks and provided regular progress reports to the hiring trust.

North Bristol have recruited over 40 nurses through this partnership model, helping to reduce their vacancy rate. Yeovil’s collaborative model of international recruitment means that they and their partnering organisations are benefitting from recruiting at scale and spreading the associated costs. Recruitment processes are also aligned among partnering organisations including administration, on boarding and pastoral support, helping to ensure a consistent experience for candidates and recruiters.

George Duffield, Matron, Recruitment and Retention