IELTS or OET: which test should nurses choose?

  • September 2nd, 2020
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For all nurses who trained outside of the UK and are considering moving to the UK for work, you will need to meet the English Language standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). To achieve this, you must complete either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or the Occupational English Test […]

New Health & Care Tier 2 Visa

  • August 26th, 2020
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In July 2020 the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced the new Tier 2 fast-track visa route for all eligible health and care professionals – making the process quicker, cheaper and easier for healthcare professionals to relocate to the UK. What’s new? Whilst the visa […]

Catching up with Gemma: One year on

  • August 21st, 2020
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We can’t believe it’s been a year since Gemma graduated from Athona’s apprenticeship scheme. We briefly caught up with Gemma to see how she’s been getting on in her role as a resourcer for our Permanent Psychiatry team and how she found the assessment process. Since you graduated from Athona’s apprenticeship scheme last August, what […]

Athona – Working safely during Covid-19 statement

  • June 9th, 2020
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A full Health and Safety risk assessment has been conducted in line with the working safely during Covid-19 offices contact centres guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed published 11th of May 2020. Any subsequent changes in guidelines or Health and Safety guidelines will be risk assessed, implemented where practicable and training provided to all employees. […]

Athona’s Healthcare Heroes 2020

  • April 20th, 2020
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Not only are you the nations heroes, you’re also Athona’s Healthcare Heroes and to celebrate you and show recognition, we’re asking you to send in photos of you and your NHS colleagues for us to share across our social media as part of Athona’s Healthcare Heroes. We want to use this as a time to […]

COVID-19 Support & Guidance

  • March 20th, 2020
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Athona Recruitment is continuing to operate as usual and will ensure there is no disruption to the service we provide. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date with any important messages from Athona, so please do check back regularly. We would like to take this time to thank our candidates and clients, […]

Coronavirus Advice

  • March 4th, 2020
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This information is correct as of 31/07/2020 16.45 For the latest information on the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, please visit the Government website where information is updated daily. You can also view the Government’s latest updates to Staying alert and safe (social distancing) An exemption was originally put in place, at the beginning of June, […]

The campaign for compassionate care

  • January 31st, 2020
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Are you familiar with #hellomynameis? It’s a huge social change campaign set up by Dr Kate Granger MBE during her time in hospital following her terminal cancer diagnosis. The staff that cared for her were very busy and sometimes forgot to introduce themselves before treating her. From there, the campaign was born. Dr Kate Granger […]

Merry SHIFTmas Prize Giveaway

  • November 27th, 2019
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After the success of our Merry SHIFTmas prize giveaway last year, we’ve brought it back for 2019. It’s a great way for us to say a massive thank you for all of your hard work over the last year and to give you the opportunity to win one of three prizes right in time for […]

Become an OT in the UK

  • August 29th, 2019
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It’s no surprise that the UK is an attractive prospect for Occupational Therapists (OTs) from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The UK offers great career opportunities and as well as having a vast amount of towns and cities with job vacancies, it’s also a great base to travel to Europe from. Despite the UK being […]

Meet Gemma, our most recent graduate apprentice

  • August 27th, 2019
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We’re incredibly proud of the apprentices that have joined Athona in the past few years and that have gone on to graduate from our successful apprenticeship scheme. Gemma, Resourcer Apprentice for our Psychiatry division, is our most recent graduate who has secured a full-time job continuing in her role on the permanent psychiatry team. We […]

The NHS pension dispute: What’s being done to help doctors and nurses?

  • August 23rd, 2019
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There have been lots of changes made already since the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister in July, including proposing a plan to allow doctors and nurses flexibility with their pension contributions. The plan is designed to avoid breaching the annual tax-free allowance and receiving large tax bills at the end of the financial […]