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We work through NHS Professionals (a recruitment agency and part of the 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 qualified nurses are from Zambia. All have been through a minimum of 3 years of training and 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 and register with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council.  This requires them to have reached an IELTS level 7 standard. 


We work with our candidates, supporting them to study for the IELTS exam in Zambia and when we present a nurse candidate to you, they will already have passed their exam. For an unemployed Zambian nurse, the cost of the training and of taking the exam is significant. Kafwa will help unemployed nurses find a loan to pay for these costs.  


We also have a pool of unemployed nurses who are capable of passing the IELTS exam at a level 4. This allows them to apply for a position as a Band 4 Clinical Support Worker in the first instance, giving them time to adjust to a new country and to prepare themselves for the NMC conversion.  Once they have gained their conversion, they can be employed as Band 5 nurses. This pathway may be an ideal alternative for Care Homes seeking qualified staff.

We are happy to discuss our pathways with you. 

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.

What makes us different & where your money goes?

We seek to strengthen the Zambian Health system - here's how we do it:


Of the fee you pay NHS Professionals for each nurse, a percentage is paid to our agency.  We take a proportion of this fee sufficient to cover costs.  We then:

  • Pay a bonus to the nursing college who trained the nurse - strengthening their capabilities for the future.

  • Fund a scholarship program designed to recruit and train new Zambian nurses ensuring Zambia has all the nurses they need for the future. 

We work on an open books policy and will show you exactly where your fees go.

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