International nurse recruitment programme

From the inception of the NHS 70 years ago, patients have benefited from the expertise, commitment and compassion of staff who have come to work in the NHS from around the world. This is why here at LPFT, we are now embarking on a new exciting project recruiting nurses to move to the UK to live and work within mental healthcare in Lincolnshire.

The programme

We are extremely excited to have launched our international nurse recruitment programme here at LPFT. The programme will support international nurses as they make the huge commitment and transition to move to Lincolnshire and become a registered mental health nurse in the UK. All international nurses must have an OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination) to be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice in the UK, and our programme will support nurses throughout the entirety of this process.

Kay Gilman, Head of Workforce Transformation, said: “We’re excited to be welcoming our internationally recruited nurses who have excellent mental health nursing experiences from across the world.  We look forward not only to working with them and introducing them to our patients and services users, but also learning more about their cultures and ways of working that we know will complement our current workforce.”

Click the following links to find out more about the OSCE and the NMC requirements for nurses practices in the UK. 

The process

The key aim for this programme is to recruit experienced overseas mental health nurses into the Trust to maintain safe staffing levels and high standards of care across all Inpatient and community settings. We will initially be focusing our efforts on increasing the number of registered mental health nurses within our inpatient services. For our high standards of care to be maintained and for international nurses to become registered within mental healthcare, there are processes which must be followed:

  • Before coming to the UK, nurses will need to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS or OET)
  • Once the IELTS or OET has been passed, candidates can start the first part of the NMC registration process which includes a computer-based test (CBT) of your theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Following this, applications can be made to the NMC, to travel to the UK and take your Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). An individual entering the UK to take a nursing role normally has up to three months from the employment start date noted on the certificate of sponsored to sit the OSCE exam.

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About the role

Mental Health Nurse - Acute Inpatient Wards for adults and older adults

Acute care deals with people who are experiencing a severe, short term episode of mental illness.

Patients will only be admitted onto an Inpatient ward if they are experiencing serious mental distress which can’t be dealt with by a community service.

As a mental health nurse, your specialist skills will support our patients who are most acutely unwell. Most Inpatient stays are short-term, but you will start their recovery which will then transfer into the community with the help and support of our community based colleagues.

We have four adult Acute Inpatient Wards in the county of Lincolnshire which are Lincoln (Lincoln County Hospital), Boston (Pilgrim Bostonian Hospital) and Greylees near Sleaford. These Wards cover the whole of the county.

Our Acute Inpatient staff are incredibly passionate and play a huge role in helping service users who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

No day will ever be the same but will always end in the huge pride of making a massive difference to a person’s life.

The Wards are manned by strong leadership teams, committed to ensuring the team have the development tools they need to be the best they can be.

What we offer

Anyone joining LPFT as part of our international recruitment programme will be paid at the top of Band 4 salary on the NHS Agenda for Change Annual Pay Scales 2021/22. This is £24,882 per annum until the successful completion of the OSCE exam. Once completed, the salary will move to a Band 5, salary scale £25,655 to £31,534 per annum.

Additional dedicated clinical support, mentoring and training will be available in preparation for taking the OSCE exam and we will also ensure mentoring is available on how we work as an organisation. 

We are developing a strong pastoral care and robust onboarding process, which will ensure the needs of all our international nurses are met and that everyone feels culturally, emotionally, and professionally supported.

This dedicated pastoral care and onboarding process covers such matters as initial accommodation provided to our international nurses upon arrival to the UK within the first 3 months, arrangement and setting up of UK bank accounts, registration with GP practices and dentists, orientation of new arrivals to the local area (to include local supermarkets, schools, bus stations, train stations, taxis, airports, places of worship, leisure and community centres), with a personal plan prepared in association with our innovative Staff Wellbeing Service.

On top of this, we offer all of our staff a package of benefits that go above and beyond the standard NHS provision. These include flexible working, career breaks, childcare schemes, car lease schemes, cycle to work schemes, early access to psychological therapies, eye care vouchers and many more. More information on what we offer can be found on our dedicated webpage here.

Contact us

For any queries relating to our international recruitment programme, please contact our dedicated team who will be happy to assist you further.


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