In February 2021, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published an updated Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of Health and Social Care personnel which takes account of the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) advice on ethical international recruitment.

The updated Code:
  • Sets out the principles and points of practice benchmarks health and social care employers and recruitment agencies must follow to ensure effective, ethical international recruitment.
  • To prevent active recruitment to the UK from countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguard List, 2020, included on the NHS Employers website.
  • Sets out how the UK is supporting countries with the most pressing health and social care workforce challenges.
  • Ensures international recruits will be offered high standards of induction and support while working in the UK.
As part of a review of the Code of Practice one year on, we are running this short survey to capture feedback from health and social care sector stakeholders on their awareness of the Code, whether it meets its objectives and any areas for improvement. Feedback will be used to inform updates to the Code when DHSC re-publish in Spring 2022.

The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete.

We will also be running some virtual focus groups to explore elements of the Code of Practice in more detail. If you are interested in joining one of these focus groups, please provide your email address in the final question of the survey.

All participant responses will be treated anonymously. Email addresses submitted for the focus groups will not be not be used in the analysis of survey responses to ensure anonymity. Alternatively please email to express your interest.

The survey will close on Monday 31 January.

We thank you for your participation and for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback.
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