Working for the NHS

Welcoming and Valuing International Medical Graduates
Communications Skills Course

British Medical Journal Learning (log in required) 

Communications Skill course

Cultural Communication Course

British Medical Journal Learning (log in required)

Cultural Communication course

Culture and Professionalism

A short video by Health Education England about the differences in culture and professionalism in the UK and other countries

Culture and Professionalism – YouTube

Introduction to consultation skills for doctors new to the UK

Greater Manchester Training Hub (open access) – Introduction to consultation skills for doctors new to the UK.

Cavita’s story

Cavita Chapman is the Regional Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the South East.  Watch her talk about her journey from Trinidad to the UK as a mental health nurse, what she found difficult and what would have helped her.

International Recruitment: Cavita Chapman on Vimeo

Please note, you do not need to log in to Vimeo to watch this video.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians can help you raise any concerns you may have. They can provide you with confidential advice and support in relation to your concern and/or the way your concern is being, or has been handled. It might be that you have a concern about inappropriate patient care, poor behaviours, discrimination, health and safety or fraud at work.  

Guardians work in the Trusts, but this role is separate from their day to day role.  They do not get involved in investigations or complaints.You can find your Trust Freedom to Speak Up Guardians by looking on your Trust’s website or by accessing the National Guardian’s Office website


It can be very difficult arriving in a different country and starting a new job.  However, there is a lot of support available to you within work and externally.  Please do use these resources and ask for help if you need it.

Trust Chaplains 

Staff Networks

Mental Health Support

Wellbeing Support Service

Filipino Nurses Association 

Filipino Association of Southampton

NHS Support line for our Filipino colleagues

There is a team of fully qualified and trained professionals, all of whom are Tagalog speakers, ready to help you at the NHS Support Line for Filipino Staff.

This support line is here for when you’ve had a tough time, are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or maybe you have a lot on your mind and need to talk it through. This assistance is available from anywhere in the country and is provided by Hospice UK.

Tagalog speaking specialist counsellors and support workers are available if you would like to discuss:

  • any anxiety or emotional issues you may be experiencing
  • a bereavement
  • if your wellbeing has been affected by witnessing trauma as part of your work

To book a consultation, call: 0300 303 1115

All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence and this will be explained to you when you call. This service is available seven days a week, between 8:00am and 8:00pm. You do not need a referral.

British Indian Nurses Assocation 

British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin 

British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Isle of Wight Division

Zimbabwean Midwifery and Nurses Association

Ghana Nurses Association

Kenyan Nurses and Midwives Association

Nepalese Nursing Association UK

Ugandan Nurses and Midwives Association

British Medical Association Advice and Support for International Doctors

Staff Networks

All Trusts in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have Trust Staff Networks.  There are a variety of Networks including Black and Ethnic Minority, Multifaith, International and Disability.  The networks provide a place for support, information sharing and discussion.  Please contact your the Network Chair or your Diversity and Inclusion Lead for more information.

Solent NHS Trust here

Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust here

Southern Health NHS Trust here

University Hospitals Southampton Foundation Trust here

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust here

Clinical Commissing Groups here

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