A recruitment trip to the Indian city of Kochi has been hailed a success by the hospital team who travelled there.
Associate director of nursing Hilary Bowring, matrons Prabha Guske and Sam Gnanamani, and junior sister Rachel Groves spent eight days interviewing candidates in the southwestern coastal city for nursing roles across MEHT.
The team were hugely impressed by the quality of candidates and made 191 job offers, all of which have been accepted.
Hilary Bowring said: “Of the 191, 121 already have passed their IELTS or their OETS (both tests to assess English language competency) which is the first stage of their preparation to come over. This cuts the journey time by about six months.
“There are also another eight who have got their decision letters which means they should be ready to come in July. From there, we are probably looking at between 15 and 30 nurses a month joining us from July-August.
“Some of the nurses have got as much as 13 years’ experience in India or Saudi Arabia and they are far ahead of us when it comes to working digitally. One of their biggest technological advancements is the fact they don’t do written documentation at all, it’s all computerised. They’re going to have to take a slight step back when they get here.”
Prabha Guske, who moved to Essex from India 16 years ago, was delighted to travel back to the country of her birth: “It was a great opportunity and a pleasure to take my colleagues and show them India. We had just one day off but the weather was good – it was 35 degrees. It was a little bit of a shock coming back here after that - and I miss the food!”