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”
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.”