Thank you for your reply. After months of waffling back and forth, I finally went with a recruiting company in London called Health Professionals. (http://www.healthprofessionals.com/
They recruit for hospitals throughout the UK..they aren't an agency per se, they are a recruiter..
I never did find a way of checking out the different agencies and recruiters before dealing with them.. it seems the UK doesn't have a Better Business Bureau as we do here in the US (and if they do, it isn't easily found!)
I have been actively working towards relocating to the UK since last October. Through all my queries and online research, Health Professionals provided the quickest, most consistant replies and therefore I decided to go with them.
Each and every time I call them or email, the person assigned to my case either calls me back within the hour (during business hours that is) or emails me the same day. With each question I ask, if they don't know the answer they find out and get back to me usually the same day or the day after. They seem to be very interested in what is right for me rather than just jobs to fill.
From your note it seems you are interested in agency or 'bank' nursing. I did check into the Thornbury website and in fact I emailed them back and forth a few times. They replied promptly, but were unable to tell me that I would have a full time position as they filled temporary positions on a day to day basis. Since the area I work in is very specialized, and I won't have access to a car when I get over there, I wanted to be sure that I found a job that promised me a steady paycheck and a full time position.
Also, when I emailed the RCN (Royal College of Nursing), they told me that the UK doesn't normally issue work permits for agency employment as the jobs are technically 'temporary'.
Something you might want to check into before you decide..
I'm not sure what your situation is so it's hard to know what else to say.. (especially here on a public board
Have you been to the UK? Are you familiar with the way the health system works over there? Will you be travelling alone or with family? Have you looked into salaries?
If you would like, you can email me at Peppurr101@yahoo.com
and I will try to answer any questions you have the best I can.