NHS Success stories

Is English language a barrier to overseas recruitment in your organisation? Dive into our case studies for ways to overcome it using OET as part of a strategic recruitment plan.

Tackling the nursing recruitment crisis at Aneurin Bevan University health board

Internationally trained nurses are a vital part of the UK’s solution to providing healthcare but finding ways to attract and retain staff is challenging, especially during these tough times. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in Wales is one of many organisations succeeding through their innovative recruitment programme, which includes support for the mandatory English test as an integral part.

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King’s commercial

Improving OET pass rates: a structured approach.

“We are introducing policies designed to help students pass the test, and currently the pass rate is around 80 percent.”

Althea D’Oyley Bowen,
Head of Nursing Recruitment

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Yeovil and Distict NHS Foundation Trust

Transforming staff recruitment and retention.

“The hospital began to actively encourage its overseas recruits to take OET, not least because the much higher pass rate gave nurses a greater chance of attaining the qualification at the first sitting, saving time and money.”

Mark Appleby,
Director of HR and OD

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Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

Reducing in-country recruitment timelines.

“Supporting our own staff just as much as overseas nurses makes real sense – it is a lot cheaper than recruiting overseas and UK-based candidates don’t face the challenges of relocation or cultural assimilation. Our support recognises their loyalty to the Trust.”

Cathy Hil,
Deputy Director of Nursing

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Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Incorporating OET into a training and recruitment strategy.

“Our local college provides the program exclusively for the Trust, together with a specialist OET language training company, and they also work in association with thte recruitment agency.”

Jane Dorothy,
Matron for Practice Education

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Buckinghamshire healthcare NHS trust runs OET in-house to allow nurses to take the test during covid-19.

“The Covid-19 crisis has forced us all to think about new and, sometimes, better ways of working. An onsite exam venue is more practical for our nurses which is why we hope to continue to offer this beyond the pandemic.”

Jeanette Tebbutt, Deputy Chief Nurse, Workforce Transformation

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