Healthcare Workers’ Foundation: Athona’s charity partner

  • July 28th, 2021
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The Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, also known as HWF (originally called Healthcare Extraordinary Response Organisation, Education & Support – HEROES) is a charity committed to protecting the welfare and wellbeing of healthcare workers across the UK. Having recently launched an online platform, Healthchain, the HWF has enabled easy access to a growing number of initiatives, including […]

Information for international nurses during COVID-19

  • February 23rd, 2021
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to interrupt many aspects of life, including the usual processes for international nurses looking to relocate and work in the UK, the NHS have shared a handy guide to everything international nurses need to do before entering and once they have arrived in the UK. We have highlighted some important [...]

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 […]

Healthcare Open Day – Maidstone, Kent

  • November 13th, 2019
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We’re holding an open day in West Malling, Kent on Wednesday, 13th November. We’re inviting healthcare professionals to come along to complete any outstanding compliance documents or to your begin registration.   Churchill Square is easily accessible by train, road and public transport and there is free on-site parking. Get in touch with us to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Win afternoon tea for two this International Nurses Day

  • May 8th, 2019
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The world will celebrate International Nurses Day on the 12th May, a day to show appreciation for the support and impact that nurses have on our communities. The annual event is held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, an inspirational nurse who was a huge contributor to mathematics and statistics, as well as being […]

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 […]

Celebrating Mental Health Nurses’ Day

  • February 21st, 2019
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On 21st February 2019 the RCN Mental Health Forum held the first ever Mental Health Nurses’ Day, which is set to be an annual event. The day is dedicated to celebrating and recognising the invaluable work mental health nurses do, which changes lives on a daily basis. It’s no secret that the need for mental […]

Refer & earn: win a luxury hamper!

  • August 10th, 2018
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Do you want to be in with the chance of winning a luxury hamper from Fortnum & Mason? The need to fill nursing jobs is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, until the 31st August, on top of the standard referral bonus, for every nurse you refer to us your name will be entered into a draw to win […]

Immigration cap axed for doctors and nurses

  • June 15th, 2018
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This week it was announced as of Friday 15th June, the immigration cap on doctors and nurses has been axed. Most have welcomed the news, with NHS bosses describing it as a “huge relief” more doctors and nurses from outside the EU can now be welcomed into the UK to fill roles. Before the lift, […]

Nursing applicants have fallen by a third since the bursary ended

  • February 6th, 2018
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Recent figures have shown the number of people applying to train as a nurse in England has fallen by an extra 13%, meaning the total number of applicants over two years fell by a third. The decrease in number of applicants choosing to study nursing, is believed to be due to the government opting to […]