NHS efforts to welcome international staff recognised with award

9th August 2023

Dorset HealthCare is the first NHS trust in Dorset to be acknowledged for its dedication to embracing and supporting internationally-educated nurses.

The Trust has earned the prestigious NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award, which aims to standardise the quality and delivery of pastoral care for international nurses and midwives across England.

It’s awarded to trusts which demonstrate they meet a set of high standards for best practice and are committed to supporting international colleagues at every stage of their recruitment and beyond.

Maria Thomas-Smith, International Recruitment Lead at Dorset HealthCare, said:

“We take great pride in this award. We are committed to supporting our wonderful international nurses from the start of their journey and throughout their career, enabling them to excel in their roles.

“And we are very grateful to our international colleagues for their feedback and assistance, enabling us to continually improve what we do.”

Christy Thomas, a mental health nurse from India, has been with the Trust for a year and said:

“I am very happy to be part of team Dorset HealthCare. From the day I passed the interview up until now, I have had tremendous support and guidance from the Trust. It has made my journey much easier, and I thank everyone who has helped me along the way.”

If you are an internationally-educated nurse and would like to join the Trust’s team delivering community and mental health care across Dorset, please email dhc.internationalrecruitment@nhs.net

More information about the award can be found on the NHS England website.


Mental health nurses Reshmi James, Jiss Varghese and Christy Thomas (left to right).jpg  Pastoral Care Final Design Low Res.jpg

Dorset HealthCare mental health nurses from India (L-R) Reshmi James, Jiss Varghese and Christy Thomas


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