The Shelford Group Chief Nurses respond to the Migration Advisory Committee
The Shelford Chief Nurses Group is disappointed to see that the Migration Advisory Committee has recommended to not place nursing roles on the shortage list for recruitment overseas. Given the current challenges in filling nurse places across the healthcare system, we believe this decision should be reconsidered as a matter of priority.
We are working with our partners in the health care system to develop a long-term strategy to address nursing shortages. However, the impact of increased commissions, for instance, would only be felt in 3-4 years. In the meantime, the challenges we face, such as a shortage of specialist nurses who require considerable additional training, mean that the importance of international recruits, from both within and outside of the EU, in addressing these must be recognised.