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Top reasons to choose London

Whether it’s a buzzing social scene, the chance to explore one of the world’s most famous, culturally diverse cities, or endless opportunities to progress in your career – here are just a few of the reasons so many people choose to call London ‘home’…

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I feel blessed to have finally found a workplace that I love. I am still growing and learning and improving new nursing skills every day thanks to our mentors in the ClinicaI Skills Department and to all senior staff in Recovery Ward… I am thankful that I have made so many new friends along the way and some have become my 2nd family.
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Recovery Nurse
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
I was self-motivated and determined and Whittington Health has given me the opportunity to do a public health course full-time for a year. I’m a Band 7 nurse now and work in a close team of people who look after 57 Islington schools.
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Becky Muhima
Specialist Community Public Health Nurse
Whittington Health NHS Trust
At Whittington Health there are many opportunities to develop my career and in a few years, I would like to pursue teaching. I’d like to stay on here as the Trust is integrated into the community. I am blessed that I have seniors and mentors who are very supportive and reachable
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Joyette Wenceslao
Newly Registered Band 5 Overseas Nurse
Whittington Health NHS Trust
What is it like to work here at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare?
It’s great. Hounslow has got very different needs to Richmond. Here, there are a lot of vulnerable families, poverty, asylum seekers and people who move in and out of the area. It’s a good place to work because there are a lot of different challenges. In Richmond, you tend to have more affluent areas and so the needs are different. There are a lot of different cultures here so you’re always learning. It’s very diverse and interesting. It’s unlike anywhere else I've worked before.

What is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of working here?
I find supporting the families particularly rewarding if you’re working with first time parents or those who won’t get much support otherwise. It’s really nice going into their homes and speaking to them when they've just had a baby. It’s a lovely thing that we have the chance to do. I like supporting them and watching them grow in confidence. You sometimes have the chance to see some families quite often and build a good relationship with them.

How does working here help your career?
I think it’s been a good start, particularly working somewhere like Hounslow which is quite challenging. It’s given me lots of experience that I wouldn't have got in other areas. I have my own case-load of families. As a nurse, you share patient care, and in health visiting, there is still an element of that, but you are also given families that you are specifically responsible for.

How would you describe the support and training?
It’s good. Our manager’s got an open door policy and you see and hear a lot from them which is nice. There is a lot of training here. When I started, I was surprised at how many study days there are. There’s also a lot of safeguarding training available. There are a lot of opportunities for extra training and they are good at keeping you up-to-date. It definitely enables you to progress. We have a good work culture. All the managers are very approachable and there’s good communication. The teams are quite big and everyone is happy to help each other out and look after each other.
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Amy Nixon
Health Visitor
Hounslow and Richmond Community Nurse
I was recruited by Epsom & St. Helier University Hospital NHS Trust and started working on Coronary Care Unit since February 2018. When I passed my exams I started here full time as a band 5. The staff here have supported and encouraged me to expand my knowledge since I started. I really enjoy working within the team here and there is a lovely atmosphere among the staff. The trust now has recruited my husband who has come here too. he has passed his exams and has started working as a Registered Nurse this week on EAMU. The trust have supported us 100% in helping us with study leave to pass our exams and give us full time employment.
Anisha Joseph RN
Band 5 Nurse, CCU
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
I have worked for the Trust for 20yrs. During this time I have received all the help and support required for me to progress in my career.  I am currently a Ward Manager in the Respiratory Ward, continuing my development and furthering my knowledge.
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Ward Manager / Gloucester Ward
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
My name is Chinchu Kalarithara Baby. I completed my BSC in Nursing in 2014 and started the process to come to the UK in 2017. The reason I chose the UK was due to the recruitment procedures being quite straight forward and is absolutely free. I attended the interview from LNWUH Trust, which I think went excellently well and they also gave me the opportunity to choose which department I would like to work in. I eventually came to the UK in 2018 April where I was provided with accommodation on site. I joined the ward as an OSCE nurse and the OSCE training provided by the hospital was outstanding. I got my pin Number in August 2018 and started working as a band 5 Nurse. After a year, I joined the Dermatology Department in the Trust and was given the opportunity to attend specialist courses such as phototherapy course and skin surgery training. I was then promoted as Clinical Specialist Nurse in 2020. There are amazing opportunities for professional development in the Trust and the entire team is always helpful and supportive. The happiest moment is seeing the patient satisfaction after they receive their treatment. I enjoy working here and I am looking forward in achieving my future my career goals.
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Chinchu Kalarithara Baby
Clinical Specialist Nurse
LNWH NHS trust
I left the Philippines in 2000 to start a new life and career in the UK. My first job was at St Georges hospital, London. In 2002 I moved to work for Moorfields. Since I started in the trust, I have been given many opportunities to develop my knowledge and skills in ophthalmic care, which have supported me in fulfilling my biggest achievement of becoming a matron in the trust. Since moving to England, I have bought up my family and have a great network of friends. I really enjoy working in Moorfields and leading a team who provide our patients with excellent and compassionate care.
Christine Real
Matron
Moorfields - St George’s hospital site
I arrived from Trinidad 24 years ago this November (2022) with the intention of staying for only a year. It has been an interesting journey that started in Sussex. I have worked in London for the last nine years. I am sometimes the only person who looks like me in meetings. I hope to motivate and encourage other internationally trained nurses to consider a career in nursing. London is a vibrant city with a number of hospitals to choose from. I look forward to seeing others who look like me in senior roles. Take the next step and pursue your career and goals nursing in London. The Capital awaits you, welcome!
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Dionne J M Daniel
Associate Director of Nursing
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
CLCH allowed us more than enough time to prepare and practice. They provided us with printed resources, equipment and supplies and offered lectures / demonstrations. The return demonstrations, as nerve wracking as they were, were critically and patiently assessed by competent nurses who gave us honest and constructive feedback which ultimately gave us the confidence and necessary skill to take on the OSCE’s
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Ellie Aguilar
Community Matron
Central London Community Healthcare
Going abroad away from your family is hard, but CLCH welcomed us as with open arms and provided everything that we need since Day 1
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Emjee Nool
Community Staff Nurse
Central London Community Healthcare
What’s it like to work here at HRCH?
I joined the trust from Wandsworth, so it’s a different area. I find it an easy trust to fit into because I think senior management here at HRCH are quite visible, especially in my team. We have good access to our senior managers which is helpful. We know who they are so the teams are friendlier. They’re quite open to flexible work. Also, if a member of staff is having problems with health, they will do their best to work round that. They’re very accommodating with all those things.

In your opinion, what makes HRCH unique?
There are advantages with not being attached to a particular hospital as the teams are more dynamic. The fact that it’s more independent works better in my opinion. Although it’s one trust, there are also quite a lot of different methods of providing care.

What is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of working here?
I think it’s seeing the difference we make to families and children that spent a lot of time in hospital initially, before they had received our care. There’s a child I saw this morning for the first time since the summer holidays who, since I’ve been here, I’ve seen once a week every week for many years. In the summer time, he had a particular operation and he really is a child transformed. He’s doing great and I consider him a success story. I think watching the children change is the most rewarding aspect of my work. The other really rewarding aspect, although a very different kind of reward, is when a child reaches the end of life and you’re helping the parents so they can get to the point where they can accept it and let go. It’s definitely a lot more intimate than hospital nursing.

How would you describe the support and training?
I can’t fault the support. When I’ve had problems, there have been very good support from my immediate manager and senior manager. I’ve had the opportunity to go on the comparative study, which fits in with the work.
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Gail Balfour
Childrens Community Nurse
Hounslow and Richmond Community Nurse
What is it like to work here at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare?
People are friendly and welcoming. The work environment is very good because the patients are calm and are easy to work with. The nurses have more time for the patients because it's not acute setting. When the patients come here they don't want to leave us because they have received the best care we offer. It’s very nice and rewarding to work here. I thought of coming here because I liked the place so much when I visited.

In your opinion, what makes Hounslow & Richmond unique?
It is the way they look after their patients. It is different from other places because when I came here the way they handled the patients and their complaints is quick and they try hard to satisfy them. The patients also get free things such as television. In other hospitals, you have to pay to use the television but everything here is provided. HRCH look after the staff as well because they think about the long hours and how they're not suitable for us. If you work long hours then you get tired and worn out but if you work these set hours then you can get deliver the best care the patients need. They are very good at looking after us. When you come here you are also given proper training in order to work well with the patients.

How does it compare to other places to work?
Compared to other places, I have more time for my patients because it is not an acute setting and it is a slower pace. Here you have your whole time with the patients to give them the care they need. I have more time for my patients than in acute setting. I look after about eight to ten patients a day and I find that I have enough time to look after them. I don't do night shift but I do early shift and late shift because I requested not to do nights. They're good at considering our needs.

What is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of working here?
The most enjoyable thing is that we work as a team and our patients give us a lot of compliments which is good for morale and to deliver more care. To me, it is also about being pleased with the work I've done and the care I've delivered to patients. The teams are close and we help each other. If there's something you don't know then people are very willing to help, especially if you're new and have to learn the policies and the procedures. The way of working is a little bit different
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Grace Alum
In-patient Staff Nurse
Hounslow and Richmond Community Nurse
My name is Isobel Garcia and I arrived in the UK in February 2021 from the Philippines. I am grateful to all LNWH Team, and the IEN Recruitment staff for their exceptional support in bringing me and my colleagues here safely despite the struggle of each and everyone of us in the midst of the pandemic period. It was never a hindrance for the recruitment team to assist us safely with our journey and settlement in the UK. It is a great opportunity for us as IENs as it opens a wide range of learning experiences and acquisition of knowledge and skills in a different environment setting. The warm welcome of the diverse staff made us feel that we never left home. The wards have introduced us to new challenges, the hospital staff has been very supportive in every step of the way and are always there to assist, until we have blended in comfortably. Above all, it is not just a life changing chapter of every new beginnings, but also the opportunity to touch each of everyone’s heart and life.
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Isobel Garcia
Nurse
LNWH NHS trust
What is it like to work here at HRCH?
HRCH is a really good trust to work. They give you really good opportunities and we are given a lot of training. We get a good patient and case workload because of Teddington, Twickenham and Richmond. It’s quite an affluent area so you see a lot of people. You also learn a lot from others and it’s really nice to have support from other members of the team.

In your opinion, what makes Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare unique?
We are able to offer the patients more. Here, it’s all about using the most relevant research and techniques. It’s a lot more research orientated. Most people have also been here for a long time so it’s a bit like a family. It has a low turnover whereas some trusts have a really high turnover where they have different people in every day.

What is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of working here?
I think the most enjoyable is the team – there is some really nice teamwork. Everyone is always willing to help as well which is nice. The most rewarding would be helping other people. We get students here and band five physiotherapists, which are junior physiotherapists, and it’s nice to supervise them and help them to improve.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining?
Apply! Look around the departments and just go for it. Check out the department and meet the people so you can make sure you’re going to fit in the team. The most important thing is that you feel that you can fit in. You also need to have work experience. Research the trust and talk to as many people from the trust as possible. I worked here for four months as a band five vocational physiotherapist so I knew the team really well. I would definitely recommend HRCH as a place to work.
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musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Hounslow and Richmond Community Nurse
The international recruitment of CLCH is flawless and very substantial. We did not encounter any problems starting from the very first phase of the recruitment process until the time that we had finally arrived and started working in the UK
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Jomar Salingua
Rehabilitation Nurse
Central London Community Healthcare
London is one of the most diverse cities in the world with teaching hospitals specialising all every area of women’s healthcare. Whatever your midwifery passion is, it is one of the most exciting and forward thinking places in the world to be a midwife.
Kate Brintworth
Kate Brintworth
Regional Chief Midwife for London
NHS England and Improvement
The Team that ran the international recruitment programme at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust was always supportive and encouraging. There were times that I felt like giving up, but the team was there and never allowed me to lose hope and reminded me to just persevere
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Maria Davina Tan
District Nurse Student
Central London Community Healthcare
My name is Marigold Bacuyani, from the Philippines. My journey coming to the UK was full of challenges but also of rewards. I arrived in the UK in 2012 through the Overseas Nursing Programme and eventually received my NMC registration in 2014, following some difficulties with application processes. However, I can now say that my experiences has made me more resilient and taught me the value of hard work and persistence, that if you want something, you must work hard for it. I am now a Senior Nurse in the Trust at a band 7 and I not only am living my dream but also, seeing my family’s face beaming with pride and happiness, I could not really ask for more.
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Marigold Bacuyani
Senior Nurse
LNWH NHS trust
My journey has been an inspirational one. I am a first generation immigrant from Jamaica who chose to live and work in London and I am honoured to have joined the senior nursing and midwifery team at Health Education England at a time when it is aiming to encourage more candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for senior roles. I have joined at a crucial time and will play a leading role in the important work right now to grow the nursing workforce. London is the best city in the world and nursing in London is an amazing experience that offers professional development opportunities that are second to none. London continues to attract nurses from all over the world and our doors are open to welcome you all to join us and become a Capital Nurse.
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Nichole McIntosh
Regional Head of Nursing
London
I still clearly recall the first time I arrived here in London in 1998 as an internationally educated nurse from the Philippines. The excitement living in dynamic city as well as the prospect of practising mental health nursing in such diverse population continues to linger in me. The nursing opportunity that was available for me to experience throughout my career allowed me to work with inspirational professional colleagues from different nationalities, focused in continuous evidenced-based practice to ensure that the care provided to our patient group are safe and effective. It is a testament, that in my role as an Associate Chief Nurse Officer at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, I have progressed in my career here in London with the provision of on-going support from my mentors, supervisors and coach as well as the access on the wealth of training and education in prestigious London universities and colleges. London truly has grown in me as my home and have given me friends and ‘family’ who have supported me in my personal and professional journey.
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Oliver Soriano
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
What is it like to work here at HRCH?
On one hand it’s an excellent opportunity to work as an autonomous health practitioner and on the other it’s knowing that behind me there is a NHS trust to support and help me in my decision-making process. The safety and health promotion of the patient is paramount and the rest is a field full of autonomous opportunities to explore!

In your opinion, what makes Hounslow & Richmond unique?
It has to be the ample learning and training opportunities that it provides. Be careful in what you agree to in your appraisal; the trust will help you to achieve it all the way up!

How does it compare to other places?
It’s the variety of skills you will develop within primary health care. This includes ad hoc vital assessments; exploring the large field of tissue viability; providing dignified care to patient and families in distress; community intravenous therapy and much more.

What is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of working here?
Long lasting relationships with patients! A relationship with each patient will help to enhance and improve overall health within a whole community.

How would you describe the support and training?
You feel supported in all the learning of skills that you need to fulfil your role as a competent practitioner. However, is also about your learning needs so again the trust will support you in your aims. It’s great that the trust employs newly qualified nurses and develops you from the beginning!

Do you have the opportunity to have variety/move departments/grow as an individual?
Community nursing is about multidisciplinary work. Working with other colleagues from health and social care will open many avenues for you to explore and enhance your knowledge. For example, I got a special interest in supporting people to manage long term conditions to improve their overall health and enhance health promotion.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining?
Enough of thinking about it! Just go to www.hrch.nhs.uk and apply! Very approachable people in the interview panel too.
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Ricardo Gonzalas
Community Nurse
Hounslow and Richmond Community Nurse
My name is Saumya Sunil, a B.Sc nurse from India. I moved to the United Kingdom in March 2017 as an overseas nurse. I did my Overseas Nursing programme in Aug 2017, while working as a pre-registered nurse. Since 2017, my professional journey saw many challenges and through it all I developed my skills and knowledge with excellent support from the LNWH team. With the Trust promoting professional development opportunities, I was able to achieve my passion of being a tissue viability nurse. From starting as a band 4 IEN, today, four years down the road, I am proud to be part of the Tissue Viability Specialist team at a band 6 grade at LNWH NHS trust. I feel at home and part of a big team trying to make a difference in the quality of lives of people who are in need.
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Saumya Sunil
B.Sc nurse
LNWH
My overall experience has been fantastic so far with CLCH. I reached London on 28 February 2020 and the International Nurse Recruitment Project Lead is always there to help me whenever I need her assistance. The recruitment processes were explained to me in advance and every query was answered immediately, so that little time was wasted during my Visa process... Study materials provided were designed in a simple and easy manner so it was easy for me to understand the content effectively. The practice equipment at the educational centre also helped me to practice skills efficiently
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Varughese Sam
Rehabilitation Nurse
Central London Community Healthcare
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