DETAILS for a major recruitment drive to bring Irish nurses home from Britain will be announced next month.
The campaign will kick off in June, targeting seven British cities in an effort to get Irish-trained nurses working in the Health Service Executive.
Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar hinted at the scheme when addressing the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) at their annual general meeting last week, but plans will not be officially confirmed until next month.
“The campaign will start across the UK in June,” a spokesperson for the Irish Embassy in London confirmed to The Irish Post today.
“It is going to focus on seven major cities at the outset and it will aim to bring Irish-trained nurses home," they added.
The programme will be run by the HSE’s national recruitment service and will see nurses who have worked in Britain being awarded extra incremental credit, in an effort to make Ireland an attractive prospect for work.
It is expected that the new campaign will largely use social media and newspaper advertising in an effort to reach out to the Irish nursing population in Britain, to provide them with a platform for job seeking.
It will also target areas of Britain with a particularly significant Irish population – with interested nurses being invited to do on-the-spot interviews in any of the seven recruitment centres due to be located around the country.