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We work through NHS Professionals, an accredited UK agency licenced to supply medical professionals to the UK's NHS. If you are a UK Health Board please either contact us directly to discuss your needs or ask your procurement department to speak with NHS Professionals directly. A contact for your team would be Anthony Catlow (


All of our nurses are from Zambia. All have been through a minimum of 3 years of training and all are extremely keen to work. In Zambia right now there are 17,000 unemployed nurses. We only work with nurses who are newly qualified or who have been unemployed for over 6 months. We are trying to help them use their hard won skills so they can provide for themselves and their families. All Zambian nurses receive their training in English (their High School Curriculum is also taught in English), and English is their national language. 

Our nurses will all need to convert their qualifications using the NMC OSCE pathway, this requires them to sit additional exams in the UK and to also pass an English test of a higher standard than the test required for a UK working visa. In our experience our nurses will take 3-9 months to prepare to sit this English Exam, which in turn allows them to enter for the OSCE exams.

We recommend employing our nurses as Band 4 Clinical Support Workers in the first instance, giving them time to adjust to a new country and to prepare themselves for the NMC conversion at which point they can transfer to Band 5 nurses.

We are happy to discuss our pathway with you, and you can read our terms of reference document below.

We provide solutions in several types of employment relationships

Fill out the following form and one of our recruiters will contact you shortly to set up a meeting and advance with the process

  • Direct Placement into NHS Boards using a 3 year work visa.

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What makes us different & where your money goes?

Through our actions and your support we seek to strengthen the Zambian Health system - here's how we do it.


Our agency takes a 2% fee of the starting salary to cover its costs

We pay 1% of the starting salary to the nursing college who trained the nurse - strengthening their capabilities for the future

We pay 1% of the starting salary to a set of nursing colleges who provide a detailed and targeted set of refresher skills courses to successful applicants - getting them ready to work for you.

We pay 2% of the starting salary to scholarship program designed to recruit and train new Zambian nurses ensuring Zambia has all the nurses they need for the future 

NHS Professionals take the rest of the fees you have paid

I have been extremely impressed by the work ethic of the Zambian nurses currently at Forth Valley. We have worked hard to settle them in and are looking forward to them passing their NMC conversions so they can continue a valuable career in the NHS. We are already planning to bring more of these nurses to Scotland.

Juliette Murray, NHS Forth Valley

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