The international recruitment team at County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) has been awarded the NHS
Pastoral Care Quality Award as part of NHS England International
The award recognises commitment to providing high-quality
pastoral care and the positive impact this has on staff wellbeing.
The number one priority for embedding new people into the NHS is to
provide safe onboarding, induction and pastoral support for new
Here at CDDFT, the aim of the international recruitment team is
to facilitate the arrival of internationally trained nurses to the
UK and ensure that they are housed and have everything they need to
begin their work in the Trust.
Our international recruitment team also offers an onboarding
package which includes picking the nurses up from the airport on
their arrival, helping them settle into their accommodation and
opening bank accounts, collecting biometric passports and
registering with GP as well as lots of support from our dedicated
Noel Scanlon Executive Director of Nursing and Patient
Experience at CDDFT said: "We are absolutely delighted our
international recruitment team has been recognised for their
ongoing dedication and hard work to support our international
nurses and most recently midwives.
"International nurses and midwives are an integral part of the
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust team and to be
awarded the Pastoral Care Award is a fantastic achievement and
demonstrates our commitment to our greatest asset, our people. Well
"Our priority is to make sure the process is as easy as possible
as they make the incredibly challenging move to a new country and
start a new job and provide as much support as we can to make this
transition as smooth as it can be."
As part of the award, there are three sections where evidence is
required to demonstrate that pastoral care is embedded and
considered an integral part of supporting internationally educated
staff. These sections are around pre-arrival, arrival and
induction to the NMC (The Nursing and Midwifery Council)
Chithira Sreenivasan is a nurse originally from India who
arrived in the UK in February 2021 and is now a band 6 Clinical
Nurse Educator within the Practice Education Team at CDDFT.
Speaking about the support she received from the international
recruitment team she said: "Since the beginning the support
providing by the international recruitment team, OSCE (Objective
Structured Clinical Examination team), accommodation team,
workforce services, pension and payroll teams has all been
"The OSCE team were amazing, inbetween all COVID restrictions
they were able to give us OSCE Training and all other mandatory
training and made us most comfortable since the day of arrival.
"I have various career opportunities to face in the future and I
am more than confident I can achieve this with County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust whom I can count on as a pro-active
and career-driven organisation."
Congratulations to the international recruitment team for this
'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you
have working for you at DMH.'
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