Notes to editors
1. For further information or interviews, please contact The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185. For the RCN press office, please contact Rachel Dufton on 0207 647 3633.
2. The survey findings are published today in the Nursing Standard. It is a major strand of a research programme The King's Fund, in partnership with the NHS in London, is carrying out into international NHS recruitment in the capital.
3. Survey facts and figures
- Returns were analysed from 380 international nurses who were London-based RCN members. They came from more than 30 different countries. The Philippines, Nigeria and South Africa were the three most commonly reported countries of training
- There was a broad age profile of international nurses. While most nurses from Australia and New Zealand were aged 34 or less; more than 60 per cent of nurses from sub Saharan Africa were aged 40 or older - usually with many years of clinical experience
- At the time of the survey 69 per cent of the nurse respondents were working in NHS hospitals in London, 13 per cent were working in the independent sector and 10 per cent were working in nursing homes
- In the last four years almost 60,000 international nurses have registered with the Nurses and Midwives Council in the UK – nearly half of all the new nurses registering to practice. It is believed that one in four nurses working in London is from overseas.
- The Code of Practice for the international recruitment of healthcare professionals was published in December 2004 to set out standards and guiding principles for the recruitment and employment of healthcare professionals from abroad.
4. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
5. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.