Pinoy nurses find jobs in UK
Feb 17, 2008 at 08:00 AM
by Lee Ann P. Ducusin
from People's Journal
FILIPINO nurses are now entering the United Kingdom through an alternative employment scheme known as “Study and Work Plan” introduced in September last year by the International Student Advisors 4U Inc.
Emmanuel Geslani disclosed that by the end of February, over 70 nurses will be working in care homes in various cities in the UK and at the same time enrolled for a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care at the Anglia Ruskin University near Cambridge and Chelmsford, an hour drive from London, while others will take courses in a combined First Line Management/NVQ at the Academy of Learning in Essex.
Geslani said the program has attracted a number of medical health professionals in nationwide seminars held by ISA officials with hundreds of nurses and caregivers applying at the main office in Makati City.
The tremendous number of applicants prompted the opening of five ISA offices all over the country to deal with the number of nurses, both board passers and undergraduates, who are qualified to enroll in the courses offered by ISA.
ISA has offices in San Fernando-La Union, Baguio City, Cebu, Davao and Zamboanga where applicants may inquire and file their documents.
Filipino students have been leaving daily since last year for their study placements and working with a wide range of health care organizations in the UK.
Philip Leonard, ISA chairman, said around 1,000 nurses in 2008 are expected to enter the UK through the SWOPS program.
The program is approved by the Anglia Ruskin University whose school officials will be participating in the Higher Education Fair organized by the British Council in Manila at the Shangri-la Makati Hotel from Feb. 22 to 24.
A new UK study/work plan for business courses will soon be implemented by ISA where fresh graduates may participate and enhance their opportunities to work in the UK.
It is clearly stated that the students will work in nursing care homes. I don't see the point of studying again when you earned already your BSN or already a licensed RN. It would only be an advantage if you are an undergraduate. What is the BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care all about? Is it like a care giving crash course? I hope UK nurses can fill in with this one.