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Irish health service seeks to tempt nurses back home


Ireland’s Health Service Executive has launched a new recruitment campaign to attract nurses and midwives working to work in the country.

It said it hoped that many Irish nurses and midwives working in the UK, in particular, would “take up the opportunity to return home and work in the Irish publicly funded health services”.

Although a historic source of nurses for the UK, Ireland has been one of the countries to have borne the brunt of recent overseas nurse recruitment drives by the NHS in the wake of staffing shortages.

“A relocation package is available for nurses and midwives who wish to come and work in Ireland”

Ian Tegerdine

With its new campaign, the HSE is attempting to turn the tables in order to try and ease its own staffing shortages.

The campaign, which was launched on 23 July, is seeking to attract up to 500 nurses and midwives from the UK and elsewhere to Ireland. It said there were vacancies in a “wide range of hospital and community facilities”.

The HSE said it was offering a “wide range of challenging career opportunities, with many benefits, for nurses and midwives wishing to make a contribution to the health and lives of everyone living in Ireland”.

It noted that it was offering a “competitive” salary scale of €27,211 to €43,800 (£19,392 to £31,214) and, to try and further entice recruits, it was offering a “relocation package” to all successful applicants.

The package would include up to €1,500 (£1,069) tax-free removal/relocation expenses, including the cost of flights, funded post-graduate education and payment of first time registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

It promised nurses and midwives they would find working in the Irish Health Service provided “excellent opportunities to enhance their professional development, inclusive of statutory education, training and learning”.

Ian Tegerdine, the HSE’s national director of human resources, said: “The campaign will focus on connecting with nurses and midwives in the UK and further afield via advertising on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter and a dedicated microsite during the coming months.

“This activity will be complemented by print advertisements in Irish newspapers to raise awareness of the recruitment drive among those who may have family and friends abroad who might be interested in these positions,” he said.

He added: “A relocation package is available for nurses and midwives who wish to come and work in Ireland. The relocation package will be offered to nurses and midwives who apply for posts via the campaign.”


Readers' comments (5)

  • Many people say the NHS would not be on its feet without immigrants. What they fail to discuss is the impact upon the other countries when they lose their young, skilled, educated workers. In addition, this can place a sticking-plaster on a situation that may need to be explored - such as, is their a problem in-house that leads to a shortage of nurses. We all hear of nurses who cannot wait to get out, so why is it okay to not deal with that because they have a supply from other countries? If less wealthy countries, or countries that may lack certain opportunities, actually became strong, diverse, and wealthy in relation to where they are, or where we are, then we would have quite a problem, wouldn't we? We may no longer be attractive to overseas nurses, and their countries may be quite attractive to us - not just the obvious countries, such as Aus., but many others. As a former colonial power, the British elite should be more questioning about what labour is used, why, and what the fall-out is.

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  • Ireland has always been a reserve army of labour for the UK with nurses moving back and forwards as the economy of both countries dictated. What will happen to the overseas nurses that Ireland recruited when they had shortages before the collapse of the Celtic Tiger? It is great that nurses who were forced out of Ireland to find work are now able to go home. The NHS may well regret its unwillingness to invest in training sufficient nurses

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  • So another country is struggling for nursing staff because the NHS was such an attractive option? Well the chickens will eventually come home to roost and staffing will get much worse if the overseas nurses go home... why cant 'they' see that investment in better pay and conditions for registered nurses will save money in the long run - less costs to have to recruit abroad, better care therefore less litigations, etc. Or is it just me?!

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  • "The British elite"? Oh, please - spare me!

    "The NHS elite" should be more questioning about why their current nursing staff are so keen to work anywhere BUT the NHS.

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  • Many Irish nurses, myself included, trained in the NHS and many Irish nationals work in the NHS at some point in their nursing career. Some Irish nurses may return to Ireland to take up this offer but not all. The UK is our neighbour, we share a common language and much more. I would not consider the flow of Irish nurses between the UK and Ireland the same as recruiting nurses from developing countries. I ended up moving on to Canada.

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