UK opens the doors to healthcare workers from over 100 new countries as Route out of Lockdown begins

The Government has cut restrictions on international recruitment for health and social care workers in order to “promote effective, fair and sustainable” recruitment from overseas – opening the doors to workers from over 100 countries.

The move comes as the UK starts its ‘One Way’ Route out of Lockdown – the process that is designed to get the country fully ‘open for business by July. Meanwhile, the UK’s world-leading vaccination programme looks set to hit its target of having offered everyone over 16 a COVID-19 vaccine by September, so for overseas health and care workers, there’s never been a better time to think about working in the UK.

This big step is part of the UK’s target to deliver 50,000 more nurses by 2024. The move ensures that recruits will be treated fairly, are provided with the necessary safeguarding and promotes an effective and sustainable international recruitment process – something the Pulse team have always supported.

Teresa Wilson, Head of Delivery for Pulse International said:

“We are proud to work with nurses globally to support their transition into the UK workforce, this update will help us continue to build new partnerships and offer opportunities in both the private and public sector to those looking to work in the UK.”

What does this mean for people in these countries looking to work in the UK?

This move means that the Pulse team can now recruit talent from over 100 new locations to support the NHS and help overseas applicants to find a rewarding career within the UK healthcare service.

As an experienced international recruitment agency, we recognise the integral part overseas nurses play in supporting our NHS and private health and social care organisations.

We have hundreds of positions available across the NHS and private healthcare, so if you’re looking to work as a nurse in the UK then please search our available vacancies or email

To view the full list of still-restricted countries here.

For the full list and details on the government briefing, click here.

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