An Alarming Drop (by 96%) in EU Nurse Applicants in the UK

Following the Brexit negotiations, it has been observed that there has been a sharp reduction in the number of EU nurses applying in the UK to practice. The figures released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) enumerate that only 46 nurses from EU have registered in the UK in April 2017. This means that the number of applications has dropped by 96% when compared to June 2016. … More An Alarming Drop (by 96%) in EU Nurse Applicants in the UK

NHS Improvement to ‘pause’ the introduction of the new agency rules

Dear The Flame Lily Healthcare Member, Following pressure from the Royal College of Nursing, NHS Improvement have decided to ‘pause’ the introduction of the new agency rules which prevent substantive staff from working as agency staff. These rules were due to come in to force tomorrow (1st April). It has written to trusts today telling … More NHS Improvement to ‘pause’ the introduction of the new agency rules

The Endless Misery of the NHS: What needs to be done?

The fall of 2015 saw an exemplary rise in the American healthcare, when thousands stood up for the nurses. Kelly Johnson, a former Miss America pageant aspirant and runner-up, got up on stage in a “scrubs” costume and performed a two-minute monologue. The performance was inspired by her experience as a nurse, when she was … More The Endless Misery of the NHS: What needs to be done?

IELTS criterion adjusted to facilitate international employment in the NHS

In an effort to increase the quality of medical and nursing staff in the country, the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) has decided to amend the International English Language Testing System IELTS requirements for nurses and midwives coming from overseas and within the European Economic Area. Previously, the aspirants needed to achieve a Level 7 in … More IELTS criterion adjusted to facilitate international employment in the NHS