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International recruitment Nurses

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Michael McCallion

Dear University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust,

Can you please tell me if the trust used agencies to recruit international nurses during 2019? and which agencies were used?

If the trust did use agencies, can you tell me how many nurses were recruited and how much was spent recruiting overseas nurses via both framework and off framework agencies?

Did the Trust engage with non framework agencies for international recruitment of nurses?

Can I also have the total cost to recruit one international nurse and what upfront costs the trust incurred, with the cost broken down?

Does the Trust have plans to recruit nurses internationally during 2020?

Yours faithfully,

Michael

FOI, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

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Our reference: FOI 0691 2019/20

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your request for information. The Trust's response is provided in the attached document. Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing our response, this has likely in part been due to urgent responses in relation to public health priorities (Covid-19).

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) completed a merger by acquisition of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) on 1st April 2018.

UHB is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a regional, national and international population. It includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic. We also run a number of smaller satellite units, allowing people to be treated as close to home as possible. We see and treat more than 2.2 million people every year across our sites and our hospitals deliver more babies than anywhere else in Europe. We employ 20,000 staff and have an annual turnover of nearly £1.5 billion.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to request a review of our decision, you should email [email address] or write to the Information Governance Lead, Corporate Affairs, 3rd Floor, Nuffield House, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, B15 2GW

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by our Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 or www.ico.org.uk

Kind regards,

FOI Officer

Information Governance Team
University Hospitals Birmingham
Email: [email address]

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