Coronavirus Advice

  • November 10th, 2020
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With the four nations of the UK now operating with different measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, it is important to review the guidance relevant to where you live and also where you work. Healthcare professionals have specific advice when dealing with cases, symptoms, testing and isolation; guidance is regularly updated in the links [...]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dear Boris: Don’t overlook healthcare during Brexit negotiations

  • August 23rd, 2019
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We’ve been keeping a close eye on Brexit negotiations and appreciate that it’s an unsettling time for healthcare professionals in and outside of the UK. In the case of a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson has stated that on 31st October the current system of freedom of movement will end. As of July, around a third […]

Will lifting immigration limits on NHS medics resolve staff shortages?

  • August 2nd, 2019
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Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, recently pledged for free movement of doctors and nurses from across the world to the UK and to lift immigration limits. Our permanent recruitment expert, Drew Eaton, has been working in healthcare recruitment for four years, spending two years of this time focused on supporting overseas doctors. Having helped numerous doctors […]

EU doctors: locum work after Brexit

  • July 9th, 2019
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Since the EU Referendum took place in the UK in June 2016, there has been a level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit and how it would evidently affect our valued EU doctors. To ensure you feel prepared, we’ve been speaking to some of our EU doctors about how they have been preparing for post-Brexit and how […]

Healthcare professional shortages in the UK

  • May 31st, 2019
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The Migration Advisory Committee has advised that the UK is short of almost every type of healthcare professional, and that all medical professions should be placed on the shortage occupation list. Previously only Consultants in Clinical Radiology, Emergency Medicine and Old Age Psychiatry were on the list. What does this mean for healthcare professionals? It […]

Refer & Earn: £250 for every permanent nurse referred

  • April 30th, 2019
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Earn a bonus of £250 when you refer a nurse to Athona for a permanent position. We have permanent positions in the NHS, private sector and care homes across the UK, so start referring today. There’s no limit to how many referrals you can give, which means there’s no limit to how much you can […]

Athona can help with the cost of your IELTS exam

  • April 4th, 2019
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Are you thinking about relocating to the UK for work and need to take an IELTS exam to do so? If so, Athona can help. We’re offering to reimburse the cost of either the course fees to prepare you for your IELTS (provided through Specialist Language Courses (SLC)), or the cost of the exam. To […]

Brexit: What does it mean for overseas doctors and nurses?

  • March 29th, 2019
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Update (12/04/2019) The EU and UK have agreed a further delay to Brexit until 31 October, the below information will be subject to change. As soon as further news is announced we’ll keep you updated. There’s so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit and it seems that each day brings new developments and changes. Especially with an […]