After the Brexit vote, there are fears that the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain could suffer a shortage of nurses of up to 42,000 by 2026. NHS has now turned to Asian countries to fill the nursing vacancies created by the European Union nurses, who cannot be recruited to work in Britain after 2019. Nurses from India, Nepal and the Philippines have already started seeking nursing jobs in the UK.
Now the door is open for both Sri Lankan male and female nurses to apply for jobs in the UK. Qualified nurses in Sri Lanka familiar conversant in the English language can now apply for jobs. They must also gain 6.5 or above for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) conducted by the British Council.
The selected nurses from the first round will be interviewed via Skype by an officer of the NHS. Those who pass will be given visa fees, free air fare and three months accommodation gratis.
After they come to the UK, they must pass the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is a requirement to work in the UK as a nurse. OSCE examination fee will also be paid by the NHS. They will be given three attempts to pass this examination.
After passing the OSCE, they will be employed as nurses in NHS hospitals in the UK. The starting salary will be £22,128 rising to £23,597 per year. To apply for nursing jobs in the UK, qualified nurses should send their applications to NHS Sri Lanka agent Ranjan Basnayake to his e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no fee to apply for these jobs and Basanayake warns prospective candidates not to be deceived by bogus agents.
Basnayake told The Sunday Island that he is optimistic of signing a contract to recruit Sri Lankan doctors as well in due course.