International Recruitment Thinking Differently Together Workshop

14 December 2023 1:00pm – 3:00pmGMT (+00:00)
Virtual (Teams)

About the Event

This workshop is one of the key outcomes of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Conference held in September 2023, organised by the NHS England Regional EDI Team which brought together a broad range of experts and staff from all backgrounds to the conversation on culture transformation through Action, Achievement, and Accountability in EDI in the East of England.



  • The workshop is aimed at professionals across the region who are working and providing support to international staff in their organisation, ICS, or regional level.
  • To explore and share areas have worked well and those that have not with for the purpose of helping to shape future models of practice regarding possible working group focussing developing a cross-function responding to the NHS EDI Improvement Plan, High Impact Action 5 (HIA5).

Who should attend?

  • Colleagues who as part of the role offer any kind of support to IR staff (any professional group)
  • Solution focused people with subject matter expertise who can contribute to the actions.

Intended Outcomes  

This workshop will:

  • be solution focussed aimed at education and learning from others.
  • set the scene for a regional time limited work programme developing solutions that can help organisations and its leaders to find practical guidance on how they can best respond to the HIA.
  • lead to the development and launch of the ‘International Recruitment Thinking Differently Together Group’; a working group that will run from January to June 2024 resulting in a report and region-wide toolkit.


About High Impact Action 5

Recruitment Thinking Differently Together workshop responds to the NHS EDI Improvement Plan, “High Impact Action 5” (NHS England, 2023, p. 12).

HIA5 encompasses:

  1. ensuring international recruits receive clear communication, guidance, and support around their conditions of employment, including clear guidance on latest home office immigration policy, conditions for accompanying family members, financial commitment, and future career options.
  2. creating comprehensive onboarding programmes for international recruits.
  3. ensuring line managers and teams who welcome international recruits must maintain their cultural awareness creating inclusive team cultures that embed psychological safety.
  4. Giving international recruits access to the same development opportunities as the wider workforce. Line managers must proactively support their teams, particularly international staff, to access training and development opportunities. They should ensure that personal development plans focus on fulfilling potential and opportunities for career progression.

Event Organisers

THE NHS East of England Regional EDI Team partnering with SNEE ICS

Questions about this event?

Name: Dr Amina Chitembo PhD


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